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Built to Last


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project proposal & proof of concept

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Built to Last

  1. 1. BUILT TO LAST project proposal & proof of concept
  2. 2. The future is plastic. • A disposable/throwaway culture • Planned obsolescence • Our relationships with the objects around us • The rise of a material, object-centric culture
  3. 3. The plastisphere • The scale of marine pollution from plastic debris • Microplastics: Plastic doesn’t decompose - it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces • Pacific Ocean Garbage Vortex / The Five Gyres Why it matters. • Breakdown of plastic into hazardous materials • Plastic acts as a “ship” carrying invasive species over long distances • Plastic enters the food chain and ends up on our plates.
  4. 4. My questions • What does it mean to live in a material culture, an object-centric culture? • Why do we cherish some physical objects (“our most prized possessions”) and feel perfectly fine throwing others away? • Amnesia surrounding single-use plastics?
  5. 5. The aims I want to challenge cultural notions of disposability and place its impacts into a global context. I want to encourage participants/viewers to examine their own relationships with the physical objects in their lives. I want them to think about the things they love - and the things they throw away.
  6. 6. The project My project will be an archive of 3D images of my trash. I will collect all the plastic I throw away over a period of time and create an online archive of each item, using photogammetry to make 3D portraits of the objects. Using Unity, 360 video/photography, and audio, I will locate these piece of trash in different environments/ landscapes (the beach, the ocean, a banquet, a disposal heap).
  7. 7. Using photogammetry to create a 3d portrait of trash.
  8. 8. Alejandro Duran Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape
  9. 9. Gregg Segal “Segal decided to photograph family, friends, neighbors and anyone else willing posing with a week's worth of their accumulated trash. He instructed his photographic subjects to save everything—from banana peels to recyclables—and to bring it over to his house at the end of the week.”
  10. 10. Mary Mattingly, OWN-IT.US
  11. 11. Natalia Cabrera Figueroa, Trashland
  12. 12. Getting there • Experts: 5Gyres, field researchers • Survey of peers
  13. 13. Sketches
  14. 14. When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe. - John Muir
  15. 15. Questions?