CHRIS JORDAN: ARTIST AGAINST WASTE
Chris Jordan is an internationally famous artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores mass consumerism and waste and how it can be represented as art. He uses a snapshot of waste created over a period of time to show how humans are creating a huge problem for the planet and all the creatures on it, including ourselves. His work asks us to consider our own roles in becoming more conscious protectors of our complex and endangered world. Chris Jordan’s works are exhibited and published worldwide. His website is www.chrisjordan.com
Chris Jordan is currently working on a movie entitled Midway which looks at how the plastics that we throw away are ending up in the oceans and in turn the albatrosses are feeding on them. The albatrosses then feed this plastic to their babies and the babies then die. It will be out later this year but you can view the trailer here:
Check out this video of his work with school children at Melbourne’s Federation Square!
Local schoolchildren have pitched in to help internationally-renowned artist Chris Jordan construct a message about e-waste at Federation Square in Melbourne.
About 7000 smashed, water-damaged and otherwise old and unloved mobile phones have been brought together to raise awareness about the growing mountain of electronic waste Australians are keeping in their homes.
“It was really fun,” says Jordan. “We were like dumping boxes of cell phones on the ground and it was like pouring paint onto a canvas.”
It took Jordan and a dozen year nine students about four hours to construct one phone from thousands of others, the installation attracting scores of interested onlookers who snapped pics with their phones.
“There are a lot of rare materials that are in these phones, like gold and silver,” he says, “and if they can capture that then it doesn’t have to be mined out of the ground again.”
The work was commissioned by MobileMuster and the Sustainable Living Foundation, who’ve installed bins to collect retired and unwanted phones.
There are an estimated 23 million mobiles in need of recycling across Australia. Tap the videos above to meet Chris Jordan and see his latest creation, then learn more about where you can recycle your old phone at