Fabiola van den Berg

Digging for iPhones

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.