I’m working for a company called Audiomasons that makes some awesome futuristic speakers. Right now I’m just coming up with a basic map graphic that shows where their materials come from. Audiomason’s extracts silica to use to create the material used for their speakers. As usual, this is at first just a simple mapping project, but it’s also ample fodder to think about larger issues of extraction and consumption. Audiomason’s speakers are high quality, and don’t have a trace of planned obsolescence about them: they are made of a porcelain-like material that is self-cleaning. From what I’ve found out so far, whether silica extraction is destroying someone’s watershed is a question of the site standards, and whether the sandstone or limestone they’re digging it out of is acidic or not. I’ve taken this project because I also figure there are thousands of companies extracting silica around the globe. This producer wants to use mapping to educate their customers on where materials are extracted from. That can’t be a bad thing, right? #Liberalismin170words
In two weeks I’ll be in the Upper Peninsula exploring. One of my sites to hit is an old abandoned copper mine in the western part of the Upper Peninsula that has been closed since 1998. This is a picture of an active open pit copper mine in Nevada, to get my excited.
A sick joke is to ask the viewer of these two images, “long after we’re gone, and aliens come to visit this planet and fly over the Earth, what will they think of shapes like this?” This shows the altered topography of an active mine site.