Affordable hardware has it’s benefits and problems. As cheap electronics become widespread and more available, we become less protective of them. No longer we purchase cases or try to protect them. Kindle, costing mere $7o is one of those devices, your library is in the cloud, if lost or broken it’s easily replaced. What happens with all the broken, lost or damaged Kindles?
Belnjamin Gaulon and Silvio Lorusso+Sebastian Schmieg try to address this, building on the glitch aesthetic and reappropriating Kindles into art objects.
The Aesthetics of Planned Obsolescence / Readymades Glitch Art
Created by Benjamin Gaulon, KindleGlitched is a series of glitched kindles donated, found or bought on eBay, signed by the artist himself. Since Kindle retains image on the screen, the generated visual are unique and permanent. No battery required. Available for purchase at Protonoir
56 Broken Kindle Screens
Created by Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg, 56 Broken Kindle Screens is a print on demand book that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens. The book takes as its starting point the aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements.