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The Battery is the Message: Media Archaeology as an Energy Art Practice

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Bhowmik, Samir
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-20T13:16:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-20T13:16:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-24
dc.identifier.citation Bhowmik , S 2019 , ' The Battery is the Message: Media Archaeology as an Energy Art Practice ' , Communication +1 , vol. 7 , no. 2 (2019) , 2 , pp. 1-27 . https://doi.org/10.7275/jxt9-pc04 en
dc.identifier.issn 2380-6109
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dc.identifier.other PURE FILEURL: https://research.aalto.fi/files/34325276/Battery_is_the_Message.pdf
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/38882
dc.description.abstract This text is an investigation of battery technologies and planned obsolescence in the context of energy consumption, electronic waste and environmental crisis as brought on by current communication technologies. Tracing the battery’s formative histories, the text examines its messy chemistries, entanglements with portable computing to current extraction of constituent minerals of Lithium and Cobalt as bundled into contemporary media devices. Building on Hertz and Parikka’s Media Archaeology as an Art Method, the author aims to extend this research and critique into an energy art practice. Here, media archaeology becomes a method to conduct critical and artistic examinations of media technologies as concerned with energy and ecology. The text demonstrates this approach through the study of the Community Power Bank (2016-18), a community-participated energy art project in Helsinki. The project recycled Lithium-ion batteries through Do-It-Yourself (DIY) workshops, hacking and dismantling, and co-constructing power banks amidst discussion about e-waste and ecological concerns among community participants. The project also catalyzed conversations about the political economy of contemporary black-boxed technologies and the intertwined issues of energy, resource depletion and environmental impact. en
dc.format.extent 27
dc.format.extent 1-27
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Communication +1 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 7, issue 2 (2019) en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title The Battery is the Message: Media Archaeology as an Energy Art Practice en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Media
dc.subject.keyword media archaeology
dc.subject.keyword art
dc.subject.keyword battery
dc.subject.keyword energy
dc.subject.keyword lithium
dc.subject.keyword obsolescence
dc.subject.keyword e-waste
dc.subject.keyword environment
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201906203948
dc.identifier.doi 10.7275/jxt9-pc04
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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