Bulky trash, waste, cheap materials: pure gold! At least in the eyes of many active designers. Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded! explores the subject of rubbish.
But we are not offering ways of reducing the amount of waste or issuing warnings to producers and consumers about recycling it. Instead we want to present approaches to using the rubbish, with the aim of creating valuable products.
The materials used in the presented examples are nearly all easily available anywhere and more or less “free” – and yet they are often seen as “trash” with little value. The same is true for the techniques used to rework them, the artisanal knowhow that in many cases is based on traditional methods and bears the stain of the backward. The aim of our exhibition is to disarm all the bad names that reuse has, and to achieve a new notion of raw materials and thus also a new appreciation of these products.
We place this issue within a framework defined by ethical behaviours, responsibility, internationalization and joint creation, and we take the discussion to questions of added value and appreciation in different contexts. Here, Europe is not the focus from where the periphery is defined. Instead, this exhibition identifies various centres and points of common interest.
WELCOME TO BANGKOK!
Visit the Exhibition
in the TCDC now!
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.
WAVE GOODBYE HAMBURG!
See what happened
in the MKG!!
The exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, Germany (September 2017 - January 2018) was the kick off of the touring exhibition. Here the 76 selected design objects have been presented in this compilation to the public for the first time.
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!