What is Provocative Plastics?
Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world. They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless, they are controversial: for some they are beautiful and adaptive; for others unauthentic and destructive.
This conference provides an international forum for scholars, art & design practitioners, and members of the plastics industry to examine the past, present and potential of plastics in a balanced way, juxtaposing the positive with the negative. It is expected that the conference will play a key role in developing a realistic understanding of the meaning of plastics for society and in influencing how plastics are perceived and deployed in the future.
It will also enable knowledge exchange between the plastics industry and the academic community.
Plastic reality: the provocative nature of plastics
This session will focus on the challenging reality of plastics in promotion, product and packaging.
Plastic environment: plastics and world sustainability
This session will focus on ways to improve the impact of plastics on the environment.
Plastic muse: the inspirational characteristics of plastics
This session will focus on how the different characteristics of plastic materials can contribute to creativity.
Plastic printing: 3D printing as inspiration
This session will focus on the potential of 3D printing as a resource for artists and as a contributor to public appreciation of plastic materials.
Plastic legacy: plastics remembered
This session will focus on issues relating to plastics heritage within museums.
Plastic value: the emotional and economic price of plastics
This session will focus on plastics in relation to different value systems and their changing fortunes within these value systems.