Plastic Mushroom 塑膠織菇
Re-Symbiont?! / co-exhibition
@Treasure Hill Artist Village
Co-created with NO!W Across Lab
According to Environmental Protection Administration, a Taiwanese person on average uses 700 plastic bags annually. Moreover, about 91% of the debris washing up on Taiwan's beaches is plastic. The results of a study on microplastics in water in Taiwan found that 44 percent of tap water had plastic specks, while seawater was also found to be heavily polluted with microplastics.
Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. However, if you see plastic bags as another resources, you can see tremendous possibilities. There are numerous type we have in Taiwan. Each of them have different properties, colors and transparency.
As my previous experience in one of the intervention in Re-create Taipei project, we collected almost a thousand of plastic bag within a week to make Bubble Station, and none of them are the same. We even divided them into more then colors of the rainbow. When it mention to making it into yarn balls, it simply needed to be cut into one long strip comparing with wool or cotton.
In this exhibition, I wanted to share the idea that trash is simply because people's lacking of imagination. I also led workshops to teach people how to transform plastic bags into mushroom. Some of the works were also present in this exhibition. I hope through this kind of upcycling participatory action, people can change their prejudice and thoughts.
NO!W Across Lab applies "Non-Waste" as its core value and cross-village as its action, with which regenerates the many aspects and vigorous possibilities of "waste" in the field of exploring experimentation. We connected works with the theme of this year's (2018) Taipei Biennial, traversing the question of making choice when facing the endangering ecological system made by global warming when we were doing our residency.
This work is a compilation with three parts: "Crown shyness", "Mycelium", and "Pangaea Ultima", showing the reusing of recycled material as a way of participatory art to invite our participants, while engaging from the network of Crown of sky, Pangaea Ultima of surface, and Mycelium of stratum, to provide a new perspective and reflect on the potentiality of the co-dependence of artificiality and nature, revitalizing the energy of "Non-Waste" choices and the re-strengthening of change.
waste plastic bag yarn, textile waste