Monument / Press Release
Artists: Constant Dullaart, Motoko Fukuyama, Elana Herzog, Faith Holland, Charles Sainty, Jean Shin, and Penelope Umbrico
Music: Das Audit (Eve Essex, Craig Kalpakjian) and guests, plus open mic
The Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse/LES Ecology Center is pleased to announce Monument, a one night installation and music event at its Brooklyn warehouse where artists will re-cast the e-waste materials found on-site to create place-based site-specific installations, and musicians will perform using the warehouse’s accumulated electronic instruments and sound equipment.
In the context of the term “recycling” these artists engage with questions of up-cycling, down-cycling, value, commerce, consumption, materiality, and obsolescence. They ask what it means to “make” in a world filled with the aftermath and by-products of industrial consumer culture, where e-obsolescence insists on being visible and physically negotiated in the material world – a world in which optimistic Modernist ideologies of efficiency, productivity, mass-production, and newness result in dystopic technological breakdown and ecological disaster.
With the generosity and collaboration of the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, some of the installations are monumental and some are so small they’re barely detectable. In all cases, these objects received by the warehouse at the end of their life are re-cast, given new life and new meaning.
Organized by Yazmine Mihojevich and Penelope Umbrico, with special thanks to Christine Datz-Romero Daniel Vargas, Troy Hanna and Anastasia Plavnicky, and all the volunteers at the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse.
The Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse is the largest non-municipal provider of e-waste recycling in NYC.
The Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse is New York City’s only free, permanent e-waste drop-off facility. Accepting all varieties of consumer electronics, the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse reuses and recycles in an environmentally and socially responsible way. The warehouse includes a ReUse Store, in which refurbished and usable electronics are sold, and a one-of-a-kind Prop Library , effectively an expansive physical archive of the history of technology.