An international group of artists, cultural theorists and scientists will follow a practice-based approach to explore the materiality of obsolete and discarded electronic devices in a series of workshops, symposiums and exhibitions in Hong Kong and Guiyu, China, Lagos, Nigeria, and London, UK. Central to the workshops in Nigeria and China will be a series of practice-based explorations of e-waste recycling labour.


Digital performance and the global politics of electronic waste

Bodies of Planned Obsolescence is an art-science research networking project. The project will use and develop strategies in digital performance art, cultural studies, and science, to engage with the political, sociological and ecological issues around electronic waste in countries that export (UK) and import (Nigeria and China) used technology. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

grant reference: AH/L01582X/1