The bestiary of the new wilderness

Xuanhong Huang


There’s a lurking creature found in an e-waste dump site. The circuit boards are the result of accumulation of knowledge, development, and rearranging resources. As mankind creates cities on the land they manipulate, linked by a network of high-speed roads, the waste they produce begins to dominate the land. All kinds of plastic waste and electronic waste are exported and imported by countries, travel around the world and slowly accumulate, forming new lands and new wilderness. The accumulation of technological advancement means that we have to be in a symbiotic relationship with the new wilderness. On top of this new land, new myths emerge, the creature of a new life form emerging from the new wilderness, created by cumulative human interference and manipulation. This creature is the physical manifestation of the e-waste dump.

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