I like to make art from electronic waste. Broken telephones, useless computer parts, “dead” devices.
At the local Community Environment Day, I intercepted bags of digital trash on the way to a dumpster.
Rooting through the latest acquisitions, I pulled out a snapshot camera. Lens is stuck, zoomed out. Brute force doesn’t push it back in. Unexpectedly, the camera turns on! But only to give an error message. I own a working camera of the same model, so now I have a spare battery.
There’s a memory card in the camera. Trepidatiously, I open up photos of some people visiting Toronto Island in March 2012. Nothing embarassing. Should I try to track down the nameless owner, or have they already downloaded these photos? Should I manipulate them into some strange montage?
I glance over to a solar calculator with its faceplate missing. The display shows “6”. I press a few keys, and yes, it works. I like my digital art to be a little interactive – you can spin the fan on my painted video cards. So maybe this will become an Undead Calculator.