At the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in New York, artists and visitors gathered together for a one-night exhibition on June 15 entitled Monument, which featured interactive installations and sculptures made from e-waste.
Monument was organized by artist-in-residence Penelope Umbrico and the warehouse’s program director Yazmine Mihojevich and featured a number of works that addressed climate change and the problem of how much waste our technology-dependent lifestyles are generating.
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An outdated Walkman, a dust-filled VCR player, or a keyboard fizzled out from spilled sodas — such consumer electronics we no longer want are accepted with open arms at the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, where they’re sent off to be properly recycled or refurbished, then sold, to be enjoyed by someone else. Operated by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the warehouse represents New York City’s largest municipal provider of e-waste recycling services, and it shelters thousands of items of technological detritus in limbo. On a recent evening, these objects were transformed into site-specific installations by a small group of artists, given alternative — albeit brief — lives with unexpected value.
Monument, a one-night-only exhibition, was organized by artist-in-residence Penelope Umbrico (yes, the warehouse offers residencies) along with the warehouse’s program director Yazmine Mihojevich. The works occupied one corner of the warehouse and were mapped out on distributed floor plans, without which I would have largely been left wondering what was and wasn’t art.