Director: Danni Zheng
Mineral Wasteland focuses on the negative impacts of technological development on the natural environment and also depicts a post-human age wasteland in which digital entities will still exist on the earth but integrate with nature. It carries the memory of consumerism, modernism, and capitalism in the present Anthropocene.
At the end of 2020, humanmade stuff outweighed all life on earth. Advances in technology are actually the consumption of natural resources. However, recycling activities are unable to keep pace with the growth of e-waste. From raw mineral mining, manufacturing, shipping, and then to recycling, all processes generate toxic chemicals. They oxidize, corrode, and cause acid rain. The cycle repeats itself and generates new chemical compounds, such as sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, and acid rain again. Finally, they will evaporate, forming crystals and mineral wasteland.
Bio: Danni Zheng is a new media artist with a spatial design background, graduated from the Royal College of Art, and is currently based in London. Her work often explored the relationship between physical and virtual space by investigating the status quo and speculating the future in a digital way, such as through 3D animation, immersive experiences, live performances, and creative coding.