Amelia Marzec: "New American Sweatshop." an installation that demonstrates a new model for electronics manufacturing in America.

23/03/2014 - 10:16
Imagine a future where the American dollar is worthless. To re-build the economy, citizens must use the only resource available: decades of post-consumer waste. With no way to afford expensive international electronics, they sift through products that have been subject to planned obsolescence for the possibility of working parts. The goal is to build a new communications infrastructure that is community-controlled and far from the prying eyes of any government.
The New American Sweatshop manifests itself as an installation that models a functioning manufacturing plant. It relies on intern labor to hand-build semi-functioning prototypes of what our technology could look like in the future. All supplies, furniture and uniforms are created from local salvaged goods.
This exhibition will be on view in the Fellowship Gallery from April 3 - 27, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 3rd from 6-9pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm. This will also be part of the DUMBO 1st Thursdays Gallery Walk:
A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery hours: Wed. - Sun., 11am to 6pm. 
see also:
Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World Spring 2011 Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg
The authors articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems, emphasizing that people from all walks of life have to be at the table when we talk about alternate possibilities for ubiquitous computing. Through horizontally scaling grass roots efforts along with establishing social standards for governments and companies to allow cooperation, Nold and Kranenberg argue for transforming the Internet of Things into an Internet of People.