Chinese performance artist Li Liao worked for forty-five days in a Foxconn factory assembling iPads for Foxconn. At the end, he used his earnings to purchase an iPad. The results are part of a group exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
As an exhibit, he put the iPad on a pedestal, tacked up his uniform and badges, and framed his contract. The effect, on a white gallery wall, is a strangely addictive ready-made tableau about the intersection of money, aspiration, and technology.
As someone who is both a consumer and manufacturer of electronics, I think this is an interesting artwork. There is a lot of controversy over manufacturing in China, and I am much more interested in Chinese responses to the subject rather than from, for example, fabulists such as Mike Daisey.
Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.
Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!
Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground” – Adafruit’s Apps!
Maker Business — @adafruit interviews the @microcenter CEO Rick Mershad ! (video)
Wearables — Thinking of involving your pet in your next wearables project?
Electronics — Higher isn’t always better
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.