We have a situation! is a series of live, trans-border, online-offline participatory performances addressing current cross-cultural European issues and concerns. Between March and May 2013 four “situations” will be created in four countries – France, Netherlands, UK and Austria. For the London Situation the focus will be on electronic waste.
A 4 day workshop exploring the problem of e-waste and the creative potential of digital and online technologies, culminating in a networked event on Saturday 23 March for a local and online audience. The event will be streamed live through the UpStage platform with an online discussion about e-waste between Furtherfield Gallery and kunstGarten Graz (AT) at the end of the event.
Live link here
Please contact Alessandra (Furtherfield) for information about times and location.
Ideally participants should be able to take part in the whole process but we welcome anyone who might wish to contribute even just for a few sessions or the final event.
Media artist Tom Keene (Furtherfield) has been setting up the “situation” for the arrival of Helen Varley Jamieson (We Have a Situation! lead artist) and the other project partners. Tom will work with Bright Sparks, a local recycling/fixing/making project, situated in the middle of a housing estate in Islington, not far from where Furtherfield Gallery is located, on researching the topic. Bright Sparks has been working with local people to re-use, repair and recycle electronics & furniture.
The underlying theme that we are planning to explore through the London Situation and that has certainly strong resonance everywhere in Europe as well as worldwide, tackles current issues around the social & economic relationships with material things, and how these alternative counter-economies are evolving alongside the materialistic obsolescence of capitalist consumption.
New EU regulations will soon require member states to collect 45 tonnes of e-waste for every 100 tonnes of electronic goods put on sale during the previous three years, with a target of 4kg of e-waste per person. That’s about 2 million tonnes of e-waste to be collected every year – out of a total of 8 million tonnes generated annually in the EU. Who will be doing this collecting? Who will pay for it? Where and how will the e-waste be recycled? And what happens to the 8 million tonnes not collected for recycling?
We have a situation! is a collaboration between four European arts organisations – APO33 (FR), Furtherfield (UK), MAD emergent art centre (NL), and Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus Graz (AT) – and two individuals, Helen Varley Jamieson and Martin Eisenbarth. It is funded by the European Cultural Foundation.
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+ For more information about the London Situation and to get involved please contact Alessandra (Furtherfield).
+ More information about this project:
McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park
London N4 2NQ
T: +44 (0)20 8802 2827