With: Lokyin Pang, Hanqi Li, Chuan Liu

Election: Urban Mining

In 2050, the trend of e-waste is on the rise, and its hidden value is quickly being leveraged. Political parties running on green policies see e-waste recycling as a way to promote public enthusiasm and a vision for sustainability, thus gaining more votes for their party in elections. Smart tech recycling companies and organizations recognize the huge benefits behind e-waste, an urban mine full of gold, but the question remains: in which area should it be extracted? Who will provide the land and human resources for this mine?

As recycling factories pop up on the edges of cities in different low-income countries, those edges become electronic wastelands that serve the interests of a select few. Those who do not benefit from urbanization continue to wander on the edge of cities. Over time, chemicals left behind by e-waste disposal leach into the local land and water, hurting a vulnerable group of people who may be aware of their innocence but no one pay for them.

The essence of the Greens' policy is not environmental protection, but rather a post- colonial transfer of contradictions, as well as a manifestation of the former colonies bearing the costs of the developed world in terms of urbanization and pollution. Corroded e-waste not only shows the chemical corrosion and secondary environmental pollution caused by the disposal and refining of metals, but also maps the transfer of pollution and the encroachment of capitalism on less developed regions.

The installation is framed by transparent acrylic panels, and hydrochloric acid is used to etch paint and plating from discarded circuit boards (e-waste). The treated boards are wrapped around a screen that continuously broadcasts green party election news and the e-waste ruins from low-income areas. Green LED lights are wrapped around the acrylic panels to represent the votes from the green policy. 

With: Lokyin Pang, Hanqi Li, Chuan Liu

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