Focusing on the question of e-waste in Africa, while unpacking the idea of a futuristic body in the realm of contemporary African technology, Mbikayi aims to engage the viewer with the issue of a technologically enslaved body in a consumer culture. He also considers the subjugation of the ‘black’ African body in the context of slave labour, whether it applies to the mining of resources or the collection of e-waste.
He is looking at this subjugated body as a location, which is “both productive of, and receptive to, the powers of, society” – a non-passive “location on which the technological designs, political and informational elites are imprinted”. In addition, cyberspace reinforces relations of dominance and subordination between the developed and developing worlds, as well as within the developing world. This means that the commercial and communicative possibilities provided by the internet link individuals and countries of the developing world with those of the developed world, and thus create a Western-oriented increase of social divisions within non-Western localities.Moreover, the body acts as a source of transformation and ‘a recipient of collective symbolism’.