01 | Video of the kinetic sculpture in motion. Noise, sounds, lights and abrasive smoke disrupting the white cube setting of the exhibition space.
A kinetic sculpture fully made of electronic waste sourced from local garbage sites in Munich, 2010. The pace of technological upgrades to consumer products and their mass consumption in the overdeveloped world cause tonnes of annual electronic waste, redirected to recycling and waste processing plants.
In 2002 a first concern was filed by the Basel Action Network claiming that a large quantity of European e-waste bypasses the official regulations for waste handling, the Basel Convention, and instead strands as toxic landfill on grounds outside of Europe such as the digital dumpsite Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana. The inaccessibility of technological equipment for the processing of e-waste has lead to the vast majority of e-waste being burnt at the site until today. In August 2018, the construction of a first e-waste recycling facility at Agbogbloshie was announced, which is to be built by 2020.
Rambazamba is an early artistic reaction towards the 2010 media documentation of outsourced e-dumping. The kinetic sculpture is full of anger, expressed in its rawness, brisk movements, noise and abrasive smoke. During the exhibition the re-activated engines and lights created metallic noise, rhythmic movements and unpleasant ashes – disrupting the silence of the white cube.
A theoretical part and a short written manifest unfold the link of the sculpture to the concern of e-dumping.