[ISEA2016] Artist Talk: Tiare Ribeaux — Conversation Pieces: Art Objects from Rare Earth Elements

Artist Statement

Rare Earth Elements have rapidly become pervasive in our modern electronic lives, existing in every touch response screen, laptop, solar cell, and hybrid car. They amplify fiberoptic data transmission and enable precision guided weapons. T hough only used in trace amounts, the demand for REEs has increased exponentially due to their far reaching uses and their unique catalytic, magnetic, and phosphorescent properties. Despite this, public knowledge of both the geological and geopolitical realm in which these elements are mined, alchemized, and dispersed is little to none. “Conversation Pieces REEs” prompts the creation of art objects u sing Rare Earth Elements in the form of alloys or powders into wearable art that will spark conversation about the origins, geophiloshophies, environmental ramifications, and uses of Rare Earth Elements that is typically left out of everyday dialogue. There are three types of art objects proposed using recently accessible satellite imagery, 3D sculpting softwares, laser cutting and 3D printing technologies.

  • Tiare Ribeaux is a Kanaka Maoli artist and filmmaker from Honolulu based in the Bay Area (USA). She is the Founder and Artistic Director of B4BEL4B gallery, and co-founder of REFRESH. As an artist, her work employs storytelling and visual narrative to make visible social and ecological imbalances while imagining more regenerative futures, and explores how both our bodies and the technologies we use are entangled with the environment. She is interested in re-centering indigenous technology, and stories that include indigenous narratives and the experience and of the Kanaka Maoli diaspora. [source: tiareribeaux.com]