Craft & Design
Deconstructed Electronics Art with Ben Innes


Ben Innes is a Knoxville, TN-based artist/photographer who does (among other things) installations of deconstructed electronics. Our friends at element14 have teamed up with Ben to create an art piece to be shown at Maker Faire Bay Area (May 21, 22). And they’re looking to crowdsource the subject matter of the piece. On the Ben Innes element14 page, they write:

To celebrate our shared love for circuitry, we’ve commissioned Ben to artistically deconstruct a culturally significant piece of technology. With the help of your votes, Ben will take on the theme of either home-entertainment, writing composition or communication and deconstruct an object from both the past and the present. He’ll help us take a look back at where it all started, examine where we are today, and consider where we are headed tomorrow. The entire process will be documented and posted right here on element14, and the final piece will be unveiled at the San Mateo Maker Faire this May.

So, vote on the theme for the piece. One voter will be selected at random to receive a limited edition, 8×10 photographic print of the finished art. The piece will be displayed at Maker Faire and then donated to a (still to be determined) educational institution. Cast your vote by tomorrow, Friday March 25th.

Ben Innes: Exploded Electronics Art

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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