Electronic Data Wasteland

Entering Agbogbloshie

Photo: Fairphone / CC BY-NC-SA (Flickr)

Agbogbloshie is a district in the teeming metropolis of Accra in West-African Ghana. The world’s largest electronic-waste dump is located here. 22 hard-drives brought back to Austria from this dump were the starting point for the ‘Behind the Smart World’ Research Lab, a one year research program at servus.at in Linz, Austria. Alongside the material and exploitative dark sides of the dirty business with electronic waste. The ‘Behind the Smart World’ project brings together artistic positions dealing with the value of digital information and our constant production of data.

During the artist talk at in the large hall of Filodrammatica, Andreas Zingerle from the KairUs art collective will present the journey of the hard-drives, the creation of the ‘Forensic Fantasies’ trilogy, a series of artworks dealing with data breaches of private information, and give insights to their current research project carried out at Woosong University in South Korea.
Artis talk will be held on Tuesday, 13 February, starting at 20:00. Admission is free.


The talk will be an excellent introduction to the Forensic Fantasies exhibition, by KairUs collective, that will take place in Filodrammatica Gallery in April!

The ‘Forensic fantasies’ trilogy was created at the ‘Behind the Smart World’ research lab – a project by KairUs art -collective (Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle) in cooperation with servus.at, 2014-2016 in Linz/Austria.

The ongoing research is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea  No. NRF 2017S1A2A2041837. The project is supported by Department of Media and Communication Arts at Sol International School of Woosong University , Daejeon, Republic of Korea.


KairUs is a collective of two artists Linda Kronman (Finland) and Andreas Zingerle (Austria). Their work focuses on human computer and computer mediated human-human interaction. Since 2010 they have worked with the thematic of internet fraud and online scams, constantly shifting their focus and therefore approaching the theme from a number of perspectives such as data security, data breaches, ethics of vigilante communities, narratives of scam e-mails and scam & technologies. They adopt methodologies, used by anthropologists and sociologist, therefore their artworks are often informed by archival research, content analysis, participation observations and field research. Besides the artworks they publish academic research papers related to their projects and contextualize their research topics to wider discourses like data privacy, activism and hacking culture, and disruptive art practices. Their current research topics focus on vulnerabilities of Internet of Things and Smart Cities. The project is supported by Department of Media and Communication Arts at Sol International School of Woosong University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea trough a grant by National Research Foundation of Korea. http://www.kairus.org

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