Curated by Gemma Curtin and Justin McGuirk, the exhibition puts a critical lens on the problem of waste and its global environmental impact. From fashion to product design, architecture and electronics, the showcase looks back on the history of waste production embedded in wider systems governing the supply chains and our social behaviours that have been contributing to the omnipresent disposable culture.
The second part of the display, “Post Waste”, looks at the alternative examples from the material world, representing the collective effort to rethink the paradigm of waste. Next to the Project Coelicolor, the space features some of the visionary projects towards planet-centric design paradigm, amongst which are Malai’s coconut leather, Formafantasma’s ‘Ore Streams’ or Notpla’s seaweed-based packaging.
The Waste Age display ultimately presents waste as a fundamental element to how the global economy operates. Paying attention to the waste culture as designed and acquired, and not inherent to human nature, it asks the crucial question: If design had contributed to this modern condition, how can it fix it?