Processing and custom software
With globalization, the removal chain that takes trash from the garbage can to the processing and recycling facilities is increasingly complex. Waste from Los Angeles could resurface as carpeting in Alabama or even clothing in China. Back Talk provides insight into the process as it applies to our electronic waste: batteries, sensors, circuit boards, and other components. Back Talk tags these defunct electronic devices with a small camera, accelerometers, and location sensors so that they can, in turn, enjoy a “second life” as self-reporting guides into the intricate global networks of e-waste export and reuse. The resulting images offer a unique brand of reportage, allowing glimpses into e-waste recycling villages, thrift stores, public schools, and libraries across the world, and provide silent commentary on our personal and global relationships to these devices. SENSEable City Lab is collaborating Qualcomm Inc., the World Computer Exchange, the Peace Corps, World Teach, and Electronic Recyclers.