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We, cultural producers, like to think that our work deals with symbols and information, but there is a very material reality behind our tools and infrastructures. With Phone story we wanted to create a paradoxical commodity that interrogates its own platform and works against the production of desire fueling electronic consumerism.
Michael Pineschi, Author.
Phone Story is a smartphone app about the dark side of consumer electronic manufacturing. The phone’s own supply chain is recounted with four games that symbolically implicate the player in coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and planned obsolescence in the West.