Plastic archaeology ll
Plastic Archaeology ll is a selected digital exhibition 'Metamorphoses' exploring relationships between human and non-human bodies. Balancing on the boundary between physical and virtual space, it opens up diverse landscapes of works all bearing traces of transformations. Metamorphoses has been developed in dialogue with a group of international artists and designers, incorporating workshops and installations in London, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Brighton and Bristol; Plastic Archaeology ll is collaborated with programmer Rebecca Merrill and curator Vilma Luostarinen. Spacial thanks to Crypt Gallery.
The material explorations of Plastic Archaeology form a reflective commentary on today’s plastic consumption culture. The term ‘Plastiglomerate’ describes a new form of stone, a hardened, multi-composite material that is a telling marker of the anthropocene. For future archaeologists, our time will perhaps be named the ’Plastic Age’, in the same way as people in the 1960s entered the ‘Space Age’. In the past few decades, humans’ relationship with plastic has changed radically, as we have become increasingly familiar with it; yet it is a common misconception that plastic is a cheap material. Presented as precious stones, the poly-rock samples on display are tangible manifestations of human impact on the environment, proposing an alternative view of plastic matter.