is a project by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) that explores the subject of rubbish and presents approaches to using existing trash to create valuable products – with both a travelling exhibition and this platform.
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7 Regions • 10 Years • 53 Designers • 76 Exhibits
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The design exhibition Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded! initiated by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is an international touring exhibition presenting 76 works by 53 designers from 7 regions in the world at 20 venues over the perios of 10 years. Working with curators from Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Near East, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, ifa has brought together a variety of perspectives on this global phenomenon representation by its selection of presented design objects.
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17. May – 22. July 2018, Thailand Creative and Design Center TCDC.
The Goethe-Institut Thailand in cooperation with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) is presenting the exhibition “Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded!” proposing current upcycling approaches for value creation. Affected by global industrialisation and ever greater levels of consumption, upcycling became an urgent matter.
As part of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 100th anniversary celebrations, the cocreative exhibition format "Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!" opened from 15 September 2017 until 21 January 2018 at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. The exhibition in Hamburg was the start of a ten-year tour of 20 venues worldwide.
On 30. November and 1. December 2017, ifa was holding the international conference entitled Trash it? Burn It? Use It! Rubbish Dump or Workshop? Creative Approaches to Trash, in cooperation with the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG). Experience Key Insights and Impressions of international upcycling strategies.
17. May – 22. July 2018
Thailand Creative and
Design Center TCDC
Dec 2018 / Jan 2019
Coming up end of the year.
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Working with seven curators from Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Near East, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, ifa has brought together 76 exhibits and a total of 53 designers for the exhibition, where they present added value and appreciation within many diverse contexts.
What materials are the objects made of? And what techniques did the designers invent or use to create them? You can find a selection of exhibits explained by the designers themselves here. Visit the exhibition to see all of them!