On-Trade-Off is initiated by: Picha (Lubumbashi, DRC) and Enough Room for Space (Brussels, BE)
Residency: Georges Senga (DRC/NL)
Location: Enough Room for Space, Drogenbos, BE
One month residency period of Georges Senga to develop his individual artistic project within the collaborative research project On-Trade-Off. The starting point for the research project On-Trade-Off is the raw material lithium. A naturally occurring element (number three on the periodic table), lithium is currently considered to be ‘the new black gold’ because of its crucial role in the global transition towards a ‘green and fossil fuel free economy’.
Focusing on this one chemical element (Li3) allows the project to zoom in on particular social, ecological, economic and political phenomena that characterize the production processes currently experiencing rapid growth.These phenomena show striking similarities with production chains as we have known them since the start of triangular trade in the 16th century: inhumane labour in the exploitation and extraction processes; a perpetuated economic imbalance to maintain economic growth; uninformed end consumers who are unaware of both the devastating production chain behind the goods they have purchased and their afterlife in the sense that a recycling scheme is lacking.