Content type: Audiovisual Essay
Credits: Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam), commissioned by the NGV Australia and Triennale Milano
Year: 2017–2019

Ore Streams makes use of various media including objects, video, animation, interviews and digital archives to investigate the current state of electronic waste (e-waste) management. The design duo developed the project with the goal to offer a stimulus for reflection and analysis on how design is entangled with modes of production and to inspire consideration of how design could adapt to become more responsible, ethical and sustainable.

The audiovisual essay, republished here, offers an insight into how, why and where minerals are processed. Formafantasma says, ‘The film tells the story of Ore Streams, tracing the movement of minerals through time and space—from planet formation and asteroids to the core and mantle of the earth, excavated from underground mines for millennia and now mined again from the surface of the Earth. As a visual essay, the film draws connections between the physical materiality and processing of natural resources and the abstract yet pervasive conditions of exploitation, colonialism and consumerism.’

Concept, Design Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin
Filming & editing Johanna Seelemann, Nicolas Verschaeve
Voiceover text editing Tamar Shafrir
Voiceover Claire Bocking