As part of my BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts course
at London College of Communication
October ~ November 2020
Group work with Veronica Cassano, Keelan Pincott and Yuyue Shi
As a group, we came up with our own art manifesto, which consists of an overriding philosophy, regulations, an accompanying poster and booklet, as well as individual uniforms and face masks.
RE-CLAIM · RE-CONSIDER · RE-PURPOSE
The intentions of this movement are by no means a novelty. We’ve heard it again and again — the need to be sustainable, to reduce our waste and to recycle.
And yet, why are we still having this conversation? In fact, the issue of waste accumulation is only getting worse by the minute.
Amid the intricate webs that the problem of waste can lead to, there comes a discordant mix of voices that would be quick to instruct you on what the best course of action is. The truth is, we are so embedded within systems that encourage the accumulation of waste, that it is almost impossible to see it ever fully eradicated. And so, opinions can contradict, but they can also all make sense, which still leaves us at a stalemate.
RE— is to acknowledge all these voices, and to put them into simple and creative actions. To reuse materials, especially discarded ones, also need not be scrappy, and we challenge you to create new objects that prompt alternative perspectives in a style that is angular, textural and colourful.
The materials you need are already available. Look around you for resources, and decide what discarded materials can be reclaimed. Their original functions aren’t the only ways to use them.
Selection is important. Be clear of your intention when choosing to use something. Consider the need for the materials you choose, and where you can possibly acquire them in a more sustainable manner.
Question the typical methods of using pre-existing materials, and come up with new ones. View these items in a new light, and pay special attention to those that you would usually consider already useless.
Reclaimed materials should be the main medium used.
Pieces should be made to last, with exceptions for pieces made from compostable materials.
Place emphasis on discarded materials and scraps that are typically no longer useful.
Stretch the possibilities of what materials were originally intended for.
Add and pair up unlikely materials to create new functions.
Be considerate in the construction of the piece, i.e. cruelty-free.
If worn, consider existing safety measures.
No primary colours.
Angular, geometric forms.
Pay attention to textures.
Colour palette should only consist of mixed colours, or unlikely pairings.
Draw attention to the idiosyncrasies of the chosen material.