Your mobile phone might be broken, but it can still make One Last Call.
ONE LAST CALL
with Renee Beale
Date and time: Saturday 22 April, 2pm-4pm
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton
No RSVP required.
Will your call be for environmental change? A message for those yet to be born? Or one last call to a loved one you can’t speak to anymore?
Join us at the Opening of One Last Call where you can recycle your old mobile phone, saving rare-earth metals and the environment, and in return use our phone booth to record your message to an online digital archive.
Our One Last Call phone booth contains an old pay phone which once stood in the reception area of the former Royal Women’s Hospital. The pay phone’s proud tradition of announcing important news, such as the birth of a new family member, continues with your last call.
Mining for the rare-earth elements in our mobile phone screens and speakers is particularly environmentally destructive. Scenes at a rare-earth mine in Baotou, a city in Inner Mongolia, have been described as “apocalyptic”. Illegal Coltan mining in isolated and remote regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo has endangered the eastern lowland gorilla.
You might be reluctant to say goodbye to an old friend and know you are not alone (over 50% of old handsets are kept unused in storage). However if we all bravely hang up one unused device for good, we can reduce our reliance on mining and in turn help our planet.
With over a 95% recovery rate for materials such as plastics, gold, copper and rare-earth elements used to make mobile phones and 1.5 billion in new smart phones sales globally in 2016 that’s a lot of materials we can recycle!
At the Opening event enjoy Congolese coffee and traditional African sweet treats, celebrating the role of coffee and food in our communication rituals and supporting the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in more sustainable alternative employment.
One Last Call is a participatory artwork that considers the environmental impact of manufacturing mobile phones, and a provocation to invent more sustainable ways to communicate.
Image: Anna Madeleine, 2017.
Part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 – a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.