EXPLORING THE LIFECYCLE OF GADGETS
OCTOBER 23, 2022
Selected to showcase his final prototype, dubbed TRONS ‘R’ US, along six others is Ghanaian artist Akwasi Bediako Afrane. A commentary on our delusional quest for meaning and sustenance through technology, Afrane’s work repurposes disused electronics into ‘living’ beings called TRONS — each infused with the consciousness of the gadgets’ previous owners. In line with his prototype, the artist recently held a six-day workshop in Ghana titled TRONSFORMATION, inviting participants to build and present their own version of a mechanical gizmo (TRON). Following up on his journey, designboom spoke with Afrane to learn about his latest workshop and evolving view on our relationship with everyday gadgets.