Totoro Out of Trash: project for the Istanbul Design Biennial

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Installation for the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012 at the Galata Greek School.

The Bubble was not actually designed, its shape came out of the plastics actually available at the biennial when we arrived and the courtyard provided to be exhibited.

It is inflatedonly using twodomestic fans.

The same techniques and materials used to package and wrap were used to build the bubble, allowing us to finish it in one day work and for only a 10€ cost.Taking care of waste is an act of love that transforms it into something desirable instead of deplorable.

Using waste for building the bubble was a way of proposing a new way of looking at the biennale. No one thought about the waste as waste, not paying attention to it when discarding, neither once collected to be used as building material.

The bubble was projected to be used as an urban intervention dispositif. We invite anyone explore this tecnhique, improve it and use it for that purpose or others. Is cheap, easy and very available, since  about 300 million plastic bags are discarded in Istanbul every year.

Any plastic lasts longer that eternal love

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Any plastic lasts longer that eternal love, in every tale we should be able to make desires: turn pumpkins into carriages or stones in strawberry and cream tarts … or turn discarded plastics in glass castle to play in.

IN LO<3 WE TRASH is an artistic project to make the duality Consumption / Waste and its social and environmental impact visible. The objective is to raise awareness of waste production and provide a better understanding of waste as a resource. We believe that making what is hidden or ignored visible is essential and a first step for social consciousness.

In the case of In Lo <3 We Trash Gdansk the origin of the material used was double, from one side plastic coming from the previous exhibition that was held at Amberexpo; plastic used for covering carpets, stands and other equipment …. kilos of already packed plastic for its transport to the landfill. On the other hand, plastics and shopping bags coming directly from the landfill Szadolki.

We stayed as artist on residence at Łaźnia 2 center for arts and education located in Nowy Port. We have worked in their installations together with volunteers and college students. During the first week we focus on designing, patterning, cutting and pasting the infinite plastics that compose the inflatable. Abstraction, the sound of  tape being cut and precision dominate the workshops, but also creativity and imagination.

 

Once all the pieces that formed the glass castle were finished, we have moved to Amberexpo, exhibition center where the Festival Re:Miasto (Re-City) was hold. Re:Miasto Festival aim was to face new waste management system models in Poland and to emphasize the need to reduce waste production on our consumer society. The Festival was structure as cities are, with streets, playgrounds …etc we got 150m2 for our intervention, that would pool reuse, creativity and art, but integrated in the city urban structure.

 

We worked in designing and creating a playful space, a space of possibilities, with corners to be and spaces for sharing. We built an inflatable Glass Castle, a space within the city, which is related to it through this fragile plastic, but at the same time distancing us from it thanks to its transparent membrane. Getting into a parallel world where we are the main actors and in which space is designed and used according to our desires …. because every city needs a place where wishes could be reached, where dreams turn into reality.

 

Plastic Bang! Kok

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According to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration  every day more than 600,000 plastic bags are used in Bangkok (a city with over 9 million inhabitants). Most of this bags become a residue in an approximately time that goes between 12 to 20 minutes. According to city officials, its annual disposal costs more than 600 million baht (18.5 million dollars).

Plastic Bang! Kok project used plastic bags, a daily symbol of harmless hyperconsumption, as the smallest singularity from which explode and expand.

Plastic bags as the only raw material for building an urban scale  intervention that brings us closer to the duality CONSUMPTION / WASTE and its social and environmental impact.

Display  this garbage from under the sink into an urban scale intervention, because with no coincidences it has itself an urban scale! How many football fields occupy the dumping sites in the peripheries of cities?

Some monsters feed themselves on fear, ours -as in Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away- grew as the consumption of plastic bags get bigger.

To visualize the mass and daily use of plastic bags and become aware of their  implications, we built an inflatable Monster Garden, fragile, tender, scary, maybe, but with the disturbing point of  things you know should not be where they are.

During the project we worked with two bundles of 60 kilos bags filled directly from the landfill. The profile of the bags reflect the consumption patterns of the city 1/3 of the stock was up to color bags from shops consumption, ⅓ of white and transparent bags from supermarkets and plastic wraps and ⅓ of black trash bags. These percentages and the particular characteristics of these bags were reflected in the size and appearance of each of the monsters built.

The work was carried out at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). During four days we washed, perfumed, repair, put them a sunday dress …We have spent a lot of time taking care of the plastic bags, healing them, learning to value them and reuse them.

 

 

 

RUS Santo Domingo: Tsunami de basura

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The project took place at the “malecón” (sea sidewalk). Our work focused on highlighting its abandoned situation trough a creative intervention. A giant wave build up with plastic bottles was installed over the “malecón” . The final result also was used as a “venue” for a recreational festival with music, clip showing and more.

 

01 El Duquesa (the dumpsite)

05 Cleaning

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