Fabiola van den Berg
Digging for iPhones
THE COBALT PIPELINE
Apple reinvents the phone.
What’s Inside All the iPhones
Every year it happens: Apple introduces a new iPhone, and, like salmon returning to the river, throngs of faithful fans start forming lines outside Apple stores.
Why Apple Fans Love to Wait in Lines
It’s printed on the back of every iPhone: “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China”.
Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city
In a distant 500-feet-deep mine, the beginnings of an iPhone come to life. As we fall in love with our freshly unboxed, colourfully glowing machines, we don’t necessarily take into account the production of these devices, what was involved in collecting, making, and assembling each and every one of them.
Digging for iPhones explores the material and social impact of these devices. The project consists of handmade iPhones used as a medium for cumulative storytelling. The collection invites users to explore all aspects of the device’s creation and encounter the iPhone anew.