Shining a light on e-waste: how DARE Art Prize winner Katie Surridge hopes to change our relationships with our electronic waste
The DARE art prize, part of a pioneering partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, and in association with the National Science and Media Museum and The Tetley, challenges artists and scientists to collaborate on new approaches to the creative process.
The prize’s fourth winner is Katie Surridge – whose proposal was to address the problem of e-waste and the valuable resources including gold, silver, copper, platinum, aluminium and cobalt that is locked away in discarded electronic devices.
With 57.4 million metric tonnes of e-waste generated in 2021, creative approaches to embedding circularity in the lifecycle of these items is desperately needed to conserve the valuable remainder of these resources we have left, and reuse existing material embedded in our electronic devices.
Katie won the prize in June, and since then has been engaging with stakeholders around the city to capture their input into her research. We grabbed a chat with Katie amongst her busy schedule, to speak about how she intends to embed a focus on sustainability across her research.