Bio, plastic - or both?
Library of the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
8 May – 5 July 2019
Bioplastics are enjoying a boom. They not only seem to be the answer to excessive use of plastics, but also the much-desired sedative pill for consumers with a bad conscience. The market is becoming flooded with ecologically justifiable substitutes from all sides. But how sustainable and trend setting are To-Go cups and the like made of natural materials really? From 8 May 2019, the exhibition “Bio, Kunststoff - oder beide?” (Bio, plastics - or both?), held at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, will be devoted to considering such questions.
The exhibition, conceived by the Swiss Material Archive Network and supported by the IKEA Foundation, deals with our ambivalent relationship with plastics and bioplastics. In 2015, plastics consumption in Germany was over ten million tonnes. Using examples of a range of bioplastics and natural fibre composites, the exhibition attempts to demonstrate the complexity and diversity of these materials, inform visitors about their components and discuss possible forms of disposal. The exhibition, which has already been shown in the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur and at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), among others, will be expanded by current works by Burg students and alumni. The bioplastics exhibited, made from algae, textiles or industrial waste should stimulate discussion about consumption, short-life products, recycling and recycling management. Under what circumstances does it makes sense to use bioplastics and are they about more than just appeasing a bad conscience? Do we as consumers need a rethink in order to start making use of the many functions and advantages of plastic appropriately and more purposefully? The exhibition will be accompanied and informed by lectures and technical discussions with experts from the fields of design and science.