Discarded: the Afterlife of Everyday Electronics
Many people crave the best technology available, seeking out the newest game system, phone, computer, tablet, programs, and more. Manufacturers are well aware of this demand for technological advances and make the smallest changes to their items in order to sell the “new” model the very next year. Further, many electronics are intentionally built not to last; planned obsolescence in technology is nothing new, but seemingly increased over time. Between the shoddy quality of gadgets and new items coming out annually, people insist they need the next upgrade. There is no slowing down to this hyper consumerism of technology resulting in a surplus of “useless” electronics.
Discarded focuses on the abundance of everyday electronics and constant upgrades of technology, while examining what happens to the previous versions when deemed no longer useful. This multimedia exhibition uses performances, interactive arts, mixed media, time-based works, and installations to display the excess of outdated electronic devices. Artists examine issues ranging from planned obsolescence of technology, the proliferation of unwanted electronics being re-appropriated as art materials, and the feeling of nostalgia for the "rejected" vintage items. Through this work, the exhibition uncovers narratives for the discarded items that often find a new life after being left behind.
Curated by Kristen Kula, BFA in Photography ‘13
Reception: February 13, 2014 with live performance by Kyle Evans and James Connolly. Watch video from Cracked Ray Tube installation here.
Featured Artists: Kyle Evans and James Connolly, Patrick Lichty, Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Sarah Frost, David Sieren of The Post Family, Eric Fleischauer, Maria Tzeka, Crystal Hodges and Linsey Burritt of INDO, and Nate Crumpley.
Academic Partners: Photography, AEMM, Sustainability Program, IAM, Center for Community Arts Partnership, Art + Activism, Audio Arts + Acoustics, Student Communications
A special thanks to Neysa Page-Lieberman, Bob Blandford, and Mark Porter for the many hours put in to help make Discarded a possibility.
***This exhibition was developed in AEMM Curatorial Practicum course and made possible through DEPS. For more information on Discarded, click here.