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Published on Jul 31, 2010
"Tantalum Memorial" is a series of telephony-based memorials by the artists group Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji, to the people who have died as a result of the "coltan wars" in the Congo. The installation is constructed out of electromagnetic Strowger switches -- the basis of the first automatic telephone exchange invented in 1888. The title of the work refers to the metal tantalum, an essential component of mobile phones