Small Global - #2 Coltan

Small Global is an interactive video installation with surround sound that translates data about global interdependence, consumption and its environmental costs into an immersive environment. Multiple layers of transparent screens create an invisible cube of projected images, with the projections echoing onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the space. Members of the audience can walk around and inside the cube, their bodies becoming part of the projection surfaces. Surround sound immerses the space, and interaction sensors allow visitors to reveal visual information with their presence.

This second module contrasts the mining and prices of Coltan [the metal used in cellular phone chips] in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC; Congo) with the human death toll and the extermination of gorillas in the region. Since 1996, DRC has been embroiled in violence that has killed more than 5.4 million people. The first two modules, #01-Deforestation and #02-Coltan, have been commissioned and produced by Eyebeam , a not-for-profit art and technology center in New York City in 2005.