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.
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!
15. Sept 2017 - 21. Jan 2018
Museum für Kunst
und Gewerbe Hamburg,
18. May - 22. July 2018
Thailand Creative and
Design Center TCDC
SOUTH EAST ASIA
in 2018,2019,2020 ...