7.4 GIG

7.4 GIG

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7.4 GIG is an artwork that acknowledges overpopulation and its impact on our planet. Overpopulation and our growing compulsion to consume are causing an unprecedented environmental crisis that is impacting food security, accelerating water scarcity, and triggering rising global temperatures. The increased population demands more food, which then requires additional land for farming and, concurrently, the need for deforestation. Due to excess greenhouse gases from anthropogenic activities, temperatures are rising and our climate is rapidly changing. Extreme weather is responsible for droughts, floods, and crop devastation. All of these disasters will aggravate food and water scarcity compromising food security. Furthermore, demand will drive prices up and only a small percentage of the population will have access to the very resources crucial to our survival. The global economy will be affected and food and water crises will lead countries to armed conflict, exodus, famine, widespread disease, and so forth. Moreover, people need shelter, clothing, and transportation; and the consumption of these goods have their own ecological consequences. Hence, it is imperative we change our consumption habits into sustainable ones. In computing, GIG is short for gigabyte. The prefix giga means 109 in the International System of Units (SI), therefore one gigabyte is equivalent to 1 billion bytes. This measurement was the inspiration for the title 7.4 GIG”, since there were 7.4 billion people (as of 2016), when the artwork was created. As an artist, by removing e-waste from the waste stream and utilizing it as part of my work, I am contributing to lessening its environmental impact. By using these materials, I induce the viewer to think about how technology can be both a contributor to environmental problems and, at the same time, an enabler of solutions. Ultimately, my art is about creating awareness and engaging the public in conversations about our ecological and social responsibilities, while helping them make the connection between art, technology and sustainability.