As part of the Feral Trade Café project, artist Kate Rich invited guest artists Polytechnic to present The Shredder, inviting you to bring in old computer manuals to be shredded into useful organic matter. A recycling project with a difference, the resulting paper is then mixed with coffee grounds to create a compost to cultivate café ingredients. The Shredder was originally devised as part of the geekosystem project, based on an original concept by Julian Priest, David Merritt and Adam Hyde. It was revisited by Polytechnic as an example of open modification with open source concepts; also drawing attention to the environmental impact and energy consumption of constant technological upgrades.
The Shredder has since been exhibited in the group show WWW: World Wild Web at Furtherfield Gallery from 18 October – 1 December 2012.
Polytechnic is an artist’s group founded by Dominic Smith and Sneha Solanki, that re-purposes technology and explores open source methods of project development. Their work has been included in exhibitions and festivals at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; ICA, London; and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Produced by Polytechnic, based on an original concept by Julian Priest, David Merritt and Adam Hyde.
Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG