Over one tonne of electronic waste is produced globally every second. Consumable plays on the matter of waste and our waste of matter using anamorphic...

Consumable

Location:

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
Australia

Consumable
Image. Three distorted arrow-shaped sculptures glow on dark plinths of different heights.  Their pale mottled surfaces are created by white light shining through smashed mobile phone screens. When viewed from a particular perspective, the three arrows form the triangular recycling symbol.

Event Details

Artists:
Slika Studios: Jeremy Giacomini (Australia) / Milan Bogovac (Australia) / Nick Giacomini (Australia)

Over one tonne of electronic waste is produced globally every second. Consumable plays on the matter of waste and our waste of matter using anamorphic forms to heighten social awareness and recognition of the importance of recycling.

The installation begins with a vaguely recognisable but abstracted group of illuminated sculptures. The ‘arrows’ are expressed as three lightboxes, detailed and designed to feel like a common handheld device. Contained within the sculptures are a series of cracked phone and tablet screens, representing discarded technology. LED strip lighting is diffused through the damaged displays, with light catching and refracting off the imperfections. Not long ago, mobile phones were sought after possessions. After a moment of euphoria, we grow tired of them, and set our sights on the next big thing just over the horizon.

On approach, the arrows may combine into clear focus for an instant, revealing the universally recognisable recycling symbol, visible from one vantage point. As visitors come closer and move around the work, the perspective of the symbol continues to warp, becoming increasingly fragmented and abstracting with movement. This reduces the icon to three uniquely distorted objects, exaggerated in perspective and splayed dynamically in opposing directions. They no longer work in harmony, spilling into the environment.

This ingenious light sculpture asks what we can all do to reduce consumption and minimise global e-waste production. 

Country represented by installation: Australia

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Sponsors

MRI e-cycle
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