Felix Lenz - The Cleanroom Paradox

Felix Lenz

The Cleanroom Paradox

»The Cleanroom Paradox« attempts to dismantle the deceptively pristine image of the high-tech industry, unveiling the systemic suppression of information on occupational and toxic hazards at semiconductor production sites.

filed asvideo-essay, research
project byFelix Lenz, Angela Neubauer, Eszter Zwickl
initiated atDesign Investigations (ID2), University of Applied Arts Vienna
photographyFelix Lenz
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The work consists of a gradually disintegrating, custom print of a former Samsung factory worker and a video documenting the portrait’s creation. The visual essay is superimposed with personal stories of former workers and experts of the industry. They are recounting their experiences of insufficient protection of health, untimely illnesses and the corporate renouncement of the likely connection of both. One of the portrayed workers is screen-printed with a corrosive ink created of chemically dissolved smartphones. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer after her time working in the industry.
The project illustrates that fates like hers are not isolated cases and can be traced across the industry in the Eastern as well as Western Hemisphere.

Video-essay to be released soon!

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