I am learning about e-waste…
Above: Peter McFarlane’s Circuit Board Work
I recently saw the 60 Minutes documentary “The Electronic Wasteland”, about the unscrupulous disposal of toxic computer garbage, and now I’m determined to cling to my iPhone for as long as humanly possible, until it’s utterly unusable. Despite these efforts to control my e-waste footprint, none of it means that my iJunk won’t end up in the pile eventually anyway.
But there must be some way to stop this! If only everyone creatively recycled their dead and dying computer devices. With a little bit of imagination, making “yesterday’s latest technology” into beautiful pieces of art is a nice way to avoid sending the stuff off to fester in a developing country. Here are examples of eight artworks that give us an idea of the range of possibilities for what old computers, cellphones, televisions, and common electronic parts can become.