Submitted by richard on Sun, 2010-09-19 17:42.
“Tantalum Memorial” 2008
a new artwork by Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji
“Tantalum Memorial” is a series of telephony-based memorials by the artists group Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji, to the people who have died as a result of the “coltan wars” in the Congo. The installation is constructed out of electromagnetic Strowger switches – the basis of the first automatic telephone exchange invented in 1888. The title of the work refers to the metal tantalum, an essential component of mobile phones