E-waste Bikini: Trying to recycle both materials and perceptions!
Art is subject to interpretation and often when you do interpret a work of art (or any creation for that matter) it seems to suggest a lot more about the individual who is undertaking the exercise of reading between the lines than the intent of the artist itself. Just like a book about what an author feels regarding the world around him is in fact a window into the author’s own mind, an interpretation of even a mundane creation can reveal a lot about someone. The ‘E-waste Bikini’, is apparently a symbol of how society generally typecasts women and to others it is symbolic of ways in which women can be more involved with technology. But it is still a bikini made out of E-Waste!
Crafted by Jennifer Shannon and Andi Cheung, the bikini is apparently designed to draw attention towards women in the tech industry or the lack of. There are those who will obviously question how an uncomfortable ‘bikini’ and a woman clad in one help break away from the stereotype. Well, how many people would actually read a story about a long coat made in bikini? The idea here is to get as attention as possible and in that effort surely its creators have succeeded.
Having no expertise in the field of human psychology or social behavior, we will leave that there and let you form your own opinions on the matter. But what this draw attention to is the way in which e-waste is becoming a growing hazard and if we do not deal with it now then in future we might not have to be clad in garments made out of them, but might well be dealing with huge piles that are lying around.