The techno-cultural people, that is us, have the duty to study and cultivate both innate and elaborate forms of care, risking and welcoming direct encounters with unexpected matters and collaborators. One can re-practice caretaking on a very intimate level via daily waste rituals, to be evolved toward overarching techno-cultural and intergenerational care. In this evolution of care, technology is not a solution nor a threat but can help us in living with waste matter.
By entering your ‘carefully’ sorted plastic waste into the Living-with-Matter-Converter-1 (LW-M-C1) located in a public space, an injection moulding device morphs and transforms your personal waste into a Living-with-Matter-Brick-1 (LW-M-B1).
The emerging brick exists as a result of both care (Sorge) and taking care (Besorgen), giving due consideration to circular matter manipulation, intergenerational care and positive wasting. Finally, we come to understand plastic waste not only as an ever-present resource and open-source material but as a collaborator for building future worlds.
Developed in cooperation with the Pocket Injector in Valencia, Spain, a start up focused on developing micro injection moulding machines.
Exhibited at Vorspiel Transmediale with Design Transfer in Berlin, February 2023