The Material Origins of Technology

If you have a smartphone, you should not miss this talk between Riar Rizaldi and Ana Bilbao Yarto on the material origins of technology.



Speakers: Riar Rizaldi / Ana Bilbao Yarto

As one of the best electrical conductors, tin is a vital component of smartphones, computers, automobiles, household equipment and green energy technologies. In this talk, artist Riar Rizaldi will be discussing his moving image work Kasterit (2019), which traces the origin of tin back to Bangka Island, Indonesia, where a third of the world’s tin supply is mined.

Exploring the ways in which we trace this material history through screens, Rizaldi will be in conversation with art historian Ana Bilbao Yarto to discuss the politics of extractivism in the Global South. From the “catastrophic beauty” of ruined landscapes turned into tourist attractions to the human rights violations undergone to support our screen culture, Rizaldi and Bilbao Yarto will discuss the role art can play in examining the colonial implications of technological industries today.

Earthlings – Anthropocene Art Talks, 2021, is a webinar series organised with four online talks in September and October. Each talk will focus on a specific environmental-related contemporary issue and be structured as a one-hour talk with invited artists, curators or academic researchers specialising in the related field. Webinars will explore factors including natural history, colonialism, geographical politics, resource exploitation, religious philosophy, technological revolution and global consumerism. The artists’ practices included will speak to this contemporary condition through multiple investigations and field studies, demonstrating how each individual is involved within this anthropogenic system.

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Oct 01 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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