The Cloud is a very material phenomenon. Despite the media marketing which may visualise it contrary to this, The Cloud is a rich source of a varied collection of the earth’s natural minerals and resources. An advanced cocktail of rare elements, utilising their unique properties for the functionality of a complex string of technology. Up to sixty minerals are required in the construction of a processor. The processor being a just one part of an important chain of engineered materials which include touch screen displays, photoelectric sensors, fibre optic cables, transmitters and all the infrastructure which makes up the antennae, satellites, cables, data centres, routers, servers and computers. These objects and structures are located all over the world, are networked and in constant communication with each other.
ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO THE CLOUD
Fabrication of a cloud like structure. Confusing the algorithm. The blossom: similar in colour and texture to a cloud. Perhaps to a machine. But the individual petals of the almond tree become homogenised, compounded and yet disperse above the trunk. The tree has become a cloud. The cloud has made an error. The ephermeralty of objects is underestimated by technlogy which cannot comprehend its complexity. The almond blossom stretches into the sky. The data cloud is transmitted close by.
E-waste sites around the world have a direct link to the cloud where many of the devices used end their days. Planned obsolescence has caused a boom in devices whose reletively short lives inevitably end up in waste sites. Many of the sites in Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand and Ghana are setup illegally and pose as a considerable threat to the lives of the workers. E-waste often contains harmful substances such as Mercury, Cadmium and flame retandant chemicals.