Hardware Stories

Hardware stories is a research and creation project about the material and mineral origins of our electronics, their condition of production , and their destination.

Our computers deals with immaterial – speech, thoughts, knowledge. We see them as cultural goods. therefor we think they are themself, immaterial.

From violent extraction in african mines where rape culture is dominant,
to poisonous soldering and repetitive assembling in asian compagnies
the workers and makers of our every day electronics material are underpaid and live under several physical and psychological threats.

How to touch this dimension when publicity makes us so far away from this reality ?

The performance presented at EcoHacking (2014) was a first exploration of the spiritual ecological dimensions of this project.  It involved one dying computer, 3 humans. 2 projectors, somes images stolen from the web, poetry, a dead butterfly, a dead hornet, plants, stones, a theremine, a thread of led lights,  magical and spiritual and textual inspiration: Technomagix and A simple method for recycling rare magnets

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A second performance presented at Santiago de Chile in 2016, during the Gathering on Open Science and Hardware (GOSH) was a way to convey this sensitive questions among international hardware hackers and engineers.

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In 2018, a performance planned in NAFASI Tanzania, in collaboration with Jean Katambayi, from Congo, (following an other GOSH in China) will address this questions from more local points of view.