THIS IS TECHTRASH.
TECHTRASH looks at the bigger pictures of e-waste. Through the lens of that single ubiquitous device, the smart phone, this project investigates hi-tech waste as a complex form of trash and a fundamental component of broader cycles of information production, distribution, and consumption in the global cultural economy. Like the smart phone it follows, TECHTRASH has many parts. Some parts are web-based, for digital display and circulation. Other parts are tactile and can only be experieced off-line.
LIST OF PARTS
MOBILE PASSAGES record and map 24 hours of interactions between six users and their smartphones. The majority of these interactions are utterly familiar and banal. As daily habits, they tend to go unscrutinized. On display here, they are given a second thought and begin to connect to deeper research investigations.
RESEARCH MAPPINGS are student-led research investigations into the broader social, cultural, and economic context of smart-phone design, manufacturing, packaging, consumption, and disposal.
A tactile toolkit for physical exhibition, the OBJECT LESSON unpacks and recreates the iPhone box as a critical media object. Hand-crafted of several interactive components, it is built to last and designed to circulate. ---> TAKE A DIGITAL TOUR THROUGH THE BOX and drop us a line if you want to see it for real.
SOUND + VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
The REFERENCE LIBRARY is a curated and searchable database of references including journal articles, books, news clippings, films, and industry sources on the topic of e-waste and the ecological footprints of digital information technologies.