My Precious, Rare Earth – Samsung Galaxy c2010
Glass Crystal, Dichroic Lens
Installation size – L180 W180 H60mm
Glass – L110 W90 H60mm
Photographer - Russell Watson
The allure of a new phone comes from a contagious consumerist culture that has an insatiable appetite. Engineered with inbuilt obsolescence, mobile phones are fabricated from materials that are rare, non-renewable and harmful to both humans and the environment if buried in landfill. The manufacturing process uses valuable energy and emits greenhouse gasses that create toxic by-products. My Precious, Rare Earth – Samsung Galaxy c2010 explores the longevity of the things we manufacture on mass that have an engineered ‘shelf life’ of usability and their eventual re-appropriation by the environment.
REE (rare earth element)