Returnable #4

2021, Color Video, 11 minutes 15 seconds

Returnable #4 is part of a series of Returnables, which are artworks made of items that will be returned to the stores from which they were purchased. Doing so addresses two intersecting concepts. First and most pressingly, the Western consumer culture in which we live, and the subsequent effects on the environment that such consumption entails. Secondly, it takes advantage of the stores’ return policies, undermining their main goal, profitability.

This video project also highlights the inherent risk present in The Returnables series. A mistake could result in damage to the iPhone rendering it unusable and/or not returnable. Furthermore, it highlights the story of objects. Where has an object been before it came into your possession? Has it had interesting adventures like the iPhone in the video?