I AM E-WASTE
I AM E-WASTE
We make electronic waste visible.
We make electronic waste visible. Read more
About this project
Hi! My name is Iman Rezai. I am an artist.
I MAKE ART FROM TOPICS PEOPLE RATHER DO NOT TALK ABOUT.
My new project is about E-Waste, electronic waste.
Do you know where your last smartphone rests in peace? Let me tell you, it does not rest in peace. It became a problem. For places and people you do not even know about.
Let me and my crew show you those places. Ghana is one of them. Where people suffer and become ill. For a so called "recycling process" of the world's electronic devices.
I AM E-WASTE is a documentary of the places where our electronic waste is delivered to. We will make art from it. Photography, video, sculptural objects and a map.
We distribute E-Waste back into our consciousness by using the highest level of our society: ART.
Our goal is to make electronic waste visible.
How come we think this needs to happen?
Electronic Waste, or E-Waste for short, is the final product of our technological advance and consumption.
It is toxic.
E-Waste is shipped to developing countries. At the moment, there is only very limited documentation, focussing on Ghana, Africa.
We aim to get answers to questions:
Why do we not know of all the final destinations of our E-Waste? Which are the countries that we deliver our E-Waste to? Who are the decision makers for choosing certain countries to send their E-Waste to? Is it the decision of big companies or politics? How is the distribution of the industrialised countries' E-Waste to developing countries managed? Under which conditions is the "recycling process" and transportation of e-waste being executed? Are there international legal regulations and if, why are they not covered in the process?
SPREAD THE WORD
With I AM E-WASTE we start an international campaign. We believe that rising awareness is the first step towards finding solutions. Together with your awareness, support and action, we make electronic waste visible.
Spread the word and /or become a supporter:
I AM E-WASTE Supporter
Your name is up on our homepage as a supporter. We are proud to have you on board.
I AM E-WASTE Sticker
Tag everything with the I AM E-WASTE stickers. Once you start you realise how much future E-Waste surrounds us.
I AM E-WASTE postcard
Receive a postcard showing the key piece of the art performance "E-MAIL" as a neat reminder.
I AM E-WASTE shirt
Get one of our upcoming organic cotton I AM E-WASTE t-shirts to spread the word. All of us are E-Waste producers. Make a statement and get people thinking.
Our first journey will lead us to one of the few known places being a final destination for E-Waste: Ghana in West Africa.
We will document the status quo and take this documentation to an artistic level. We believe that this way it will allow a large audience to approach the topic. Artistic visual impulses are able to trigger people's reflection on an emotional level- and that is the only way we actually change our behaviour.
Our approach in a second part of the journey is to follow the route back to its origin - Where does the E-Waste come from and which route does it take to end up in Ghana? This will be the most investigative and risky part of our work. We will regularly report to public media and our supporters on the research results of our trip.
If there are enough supporters, we would like to find and document up more final destinations in the world that are even lesser known than Ghana. The more supporters we find, the more enriched our documentary will become.
The highlight of our journey will be the art performance I AM E-WASTE called "E-MAIL". Artist Iman Rezai will fill glass bottles with the E-Waste at the final destination and throw it into the ocean - With the aim to send it back to where it came from.
Iman Rezai has been internationally recognized for his drastic works. With I AM E-WASTE he focuses on a global scandal. We believe that making a documentary has just as much impact as producing photography and artistic objects. Art has the unique potential to touch us on an emotional level and thus evoke change in our behavior. Using different media allows the viewer to deeply engage with the topic of E-Waste through different channels.
I AM E-WASTE artwork "E-MAIL"
Iman creates a sculptural art work that is integrated in a conceptual frame work. He fills resealable glass bottles with E-Waste from the landfills. Adding the I AM E-WASTE icon and reflecting glitter fragments he creates a message in a bottle that is send back to its origin on the same route it came. This piece, is an E-MAIL in the very literal sense. Collectors and supporters can acquire amongst others original photography, an art map and the I AM E-WASTE bottles with certificate of authenticity via this Kickstarter campaign.
I AM E-WASTE fine art photography
Iman has long been passionate about experimental photography and digital rendering. His subjective view on the scene transforms reality into fine art photography, on the border between aesthetics and scandal.
I AM E-WASTE art map
A unique collector's item is created with the I AM E-WASTE art map in XXL size. The limited edition of 10 prints unleashes the journey of E-Waste and reveals the gradual extinction of places in the world.
Have you watched a documentary about E-Waste before? Great if you have! No shame if you haven’t! We noticed how many people have this vague idea that E-Waste is a problem. However, we are still far from general public awareness. As change can only come from within, every contribution is valuable. The I AM E-WASTE documentary will share an innovative perspective to the insanity of E-Waste. Through the eyes of the artist, we will provide visuals that will engage the audience on a new level. Like every other good documentation we will deliver information, images and atmosphere straight from the E-Waste landfills. What makes the I AM E-WASTE documentary unique is the immanent artistic creativity that will encourage viewers to engage with the topic in unconventional ways.
The distribution of the film will be the peak of our campaign. Of course we will ensure that each backer will know first about the release and has (free) access to the documentary.
Iman Rezai (born 1981 in Shiraz, Iran) is an artist currently living and working in Berlin, Germany.
In March 2012, Rezai attracted international attention for his conceptual artwork "Die Guillotine" (German for: The Guillotine).
Iman will artistically transform our observations into art work. Through photography, video production and sculptures he will rise public awareness.
Melanie von Marten has worked on several art projects with Iman Rezai and the team. Being a founder herself, she is highly involved in the creative and technological startup scene of Berlin, where Melanie is homebased when she is not working from abroad to explore the world as a digital nomad.
With roots in PR and journalism, Melanie is responsible for the presentation of content and distribution of information that I AM E-WASTE conveys to public media.
Isabelle Demin has teamed up with Melanie von Marten on different art projects before. With a background in cultural studies, Isabelle Demin focuses on art in a social and political context. She is currently participating in a master's programm to enhence her expertise in contemporary art and exhibition making.
Isabelle contributes to I AM E-Waste with her experience in managing independent and institutional art projects.
Kevin Kopacka holds a degree in Fine Art at the University of Arts Berlin and works as a painter and film and documentary director. He's currently working on his first feature film. Kevin met Iman during his studies and the two have since collaborated on several film projects.
Kevin is the lead film director for I AM E-WASTE.
SPECIAL THANKS TO Peter Behrbohm and Pete Simmons for helping to make this campaign happen.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
We are aware that we are tackling an international issue and are performing on an investigative journalistic level. To our project there will be stakeholders who do not wish specific information to be published. We will try our hardest to ensure the artistic and visual documentation of the route of E-Waste. Our biggest goal is to bring these images to the public eye.
We will ensure to keep our backers updated on a regular basis. You will receive updates on the journey and our research and documentation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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