We at Phonebloks want to be a factor in helping the existing mobile phone industry accelerate the process of developing and producing a modular mobile phone. Producing mobile phones requires knowledge, understanding and large resources. Existing manufacturers have these three in abundance. This means that the structure for producing a phone like Phonebloks is already out there. Using this structure, instead of building our own, would mean changing an industry for the better, faster.
While our idea on how to get a modular mobile phone built has not changed we have, during our first year, gotten a better understanding of what it takes to get the attention of the existing industry. We have also, ourselves, gotten a lot of attention from companies and organizations supporting the Phonebloks vision and wanting to help in some way. Because of this, we expanded the Phonebloks vision from modular mobile phones to modular consumer electronics at large, and we have now decided to take it even one step further.
So, where do our electronic relics end up once we finally decide it’s time to recycle them? And what does our relationship with these outdated technologies say about us as a culture?
Julia Christensen, a multidisciplinary artist focused on systems of technology and consumerism, is creatively exploring the issue of electronic trash with a series of research-heavy investigations called Project Project (first ‘project’ reads like the noun, second ‘project’ reads like the verb that describes what a projector does).
In Burnouts, the most recent part of Project Project, the artist uses outdated iPhones and other trashed tech to create functional projectors through which she beams animations of obsolete constellations— celestial configurations that have been retired from star maps, often because light pollution has made them too difficult to see from Earth.
Kind of a ROLAND TB-303 but much cooler & cheaper – still cheaper… The coloured buttons (pegs) can be used to change the melody and rhythm. Each color has a different tune. You can also change the speed and pitch of the sequence with 2 sliders. This was also released by Palitoy in the UK.
This week, the team from the electronics company, House of Marley, threw a high-energy bash in Brooklyn’s Kinfolk, complete with floor-stomping marching band. Being fans of the brand, we thought we’d tip you off to a myriad of House of Marley products found on eBay for your enjoyment
Credits: Dutty Dylan, Jorge Gitoo Wright, Qiana Yana, Jungle P, Friggaman, Marching Band, and DJ Jasmine Solano. Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky