In 2013, Louis Henderson spent a month filming in Ghana, a former British colony in West Africa previously called the Gold Coast. He came back with videos of gold-mining and of the world’s greatest waste site for illegally exported obsolete computers from the West. There, young men put their health at risk by burning the IT equipment to extract the precious metals contained in the processors.
Louis Henderson, a filmmaker whose works investigate the connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history, looks at a strange system of recycling, a sort of reverse post-colonial mining whereby the African is searching for metals in the materials of Europe. The work demonstrates how important it is to do away with the capitalist myth claiming the immateriality of computer technology.