Utility poles, batteries, mobile phones, street lights, fridges, electronic voting machines, electricity meters, biomass gasifiers, solar panels, wind turbines, hydro-electric systems.

Electric things - from the prosaic to the infrastructural, from the sub-atomic to the monumental - are uniquely charged objects of hope and anxiety, promise and danger. In a world defined by debates about our energy futures, electric things shock us into action and insulate us from change. How do we encounter, speak about or write about electricity if not through our electric materials? Can what electricity means ever be disentangled from electric things? And what new circuits might we make by cataloging the effects and limits of electric artifacts?

The following photo essays were produced by students taking the Energy in the Global South course in 2015-16.


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