Recycling the Future

Approaches to Processing Waste

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Recycling the Future” is a mixed-media generative artwork carried out to investigate the concept of the process of waste management and how it may look like in the future. Our idea combines our three works into a digital environment to present Rachel’s print on paper made with invasive plants (as a natural waste), Lorena's biopolymer-based printed artwork (as a biowaste), and Diaa’s digital artwork (as a digital waste).


On this page Rachel, Lorena, and Diaa’s artworks are continuously rebuilt digitally in order to calculate how many frames are taken to archive our visual data in the three pieces. The browser here is not only a host of the three pieces, but is mainly a medium by which the three pieces sustainably grow and renew themselves. 

The entire process raises a critical question regarding the amount of energy consumed to save every bit of data waste. Consuming such an amount results in increased carbon emissions, thermal pollution, and water consumption by the cooling systems. This sheds light on the cons of digital transformation. But this is not to be against the future's digital transformation, it is to think of how to overcome tomorrow's digital pollution.


This artwork has been carried out as the final project of the virtual residence "Together Apart—#FUTURE" organized by FUNDACIÓN´ACE PARA EL ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO


- Diaa Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedien 

Lecturer of new-media arts, Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, Egypt.


- María Lorena Pradal

Professor in charge of the lithography research and experimentation workshop National University of arts, Argentina. Co- director AMA Argentine multiple art.

- Rachel Jeanne Singel

Associate Professor of printmaking at the University of Louisville, USA.