Discover the beauty, value and volume of ‘rubbish’ we produce in this unique two-part exhibition, which traces the journey of waste generated by the Museum over 30 days, as part of The Science Museum’s Climate Changing programme.
An interesting talk from David Cross (Reader at the UAL) which was part of the Debates in Enterprise & Sustainability series of talks from 2013.
David sees art practice as a way to resist the monoculture of thought. For him, the future depends on our ability to envision alternative possibilities, and to choose from amongst them as an act of free will.
There is a tension about generating work at art school while keeping sustainability in mind. We want to introduce a resource area within the Progression Centre where students can drop off old projects and excess materials, which are then broken down, sorted and placed in appropriate storage bays by students so they can be reused for new projects. The aim is to actively engage students in working responsibly and sustainably.
Initially, the Reuse space will be organised and then managed/monitored by a number of key members of technical staff with the support of the academic team to ensure it is run effectively.
We have created a place where students can, at the end of a project, bring their old work, which they will strip down and sort into components; those materials can then be used again by other students for different projects.
Students are aware of the concept of reusing and recycling but we want them to participate in a scheme where they can drop off excess materials or old projects that they take apart. Those materials will be sorted into bins (wood, metal, hinges, fabrics, papers, card etc.) so students in future works can reuse them.
We will also collect materials by donation to start the scheme off.
The resource needs to be closely supervised and constructively aligned with the three existing technical resource areas. Students would need to consult technicians or a member of the academic staff with regards to the use of appropriate material suitable to their project. Students can then source material in the material store during the controlled opening hours of the store. The students would have to reflect on their choice of materials in their logbooks.
The scheme will make the process of upcycling real and viable and will also hopefully introduce good practice for the future.