Technology is not only changing the world, but it's also generating massive waste, which is why Haribaabu Naatesam decided to take all that junk and give it a new, productive use. The Indian artist collects e-waste to provoke reactions in viewers and remind them of their favorite electronic memories. Walkmans, cell phones, tapes, discs are transformed into crabs, sea horses, motorcycles and shoes.
Through his astonishing art, Naatesam wants question the role of technology in society. He asks, "Just because they [electronic devices] have out-lived their use, do they deserve to be forgotten away in attics, thrown into bins? Or, just piled up in one corner of a scrap yard?" Based on his mesmerizing art, the answer is not. By giving an artistic life to these old products, Naatesam is discovering multiples meanings and new perspectives. He explains, "The philosophy of my art is to create awareness of reusing e-waste."
Haribaabu Naatesam plays a fundamental role in the way society explores and values technology. He proves that e-waste has a life of its own; it's more than just a bunch of cables and metal -- e-wast represents how one interacts with the world.
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