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Refuse to Upgrade offers a unique studio production system centred around the continued use of analogue video technology as an ethos of environmental responsibility. Playing on the dual meaning of the word refuse as either rubbish, or a refusal, this project encourages organisations to reconsider their relationship with new screen based technologies and promotes refusing to upgrade as a mode of sustainability. In combing obsolete analogue video equipment with current digital editing systems, Refuse to Upgrade offers a critical perspective on consumer behaviour and e-waste management.
Refuse to Ugrade re-purposes equipment rescued from private and institutional disposal and is facilitated by Wellington video artist Mike Heynes