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Guest lecture - INGRID HALLAND (NTNU): "Are We Plastic? Art and Thinking After Plastics"

When:Tu 19-11-2019 14:00 - 15:00
Where:Groene Zaal, Frank Mohr Institute / Minerva, Praediniussingel 59, Groningen

This talk investigates a full-scale plastic bunker made by Italian architect Gaetano Pesce in 1972. Pesce’s speculative design installation was constructed as a site of escape that could save mankind from an environmental catastrophe. By investigating the technical specifications and the metaphysical properties of plastic, I propose that Pesce’s plastic bunker points towards a new understanding of the material. This understanding challenges the conventional way of thinking about the material as a physical counterpart of capitalist globalization, and argues instead that plastics must be understood as a dialectic between flexibility and destructiveness.

Dr. Ingrid Halland is an architecture and design historian and art critic currently based in Oslo/Trondheim, Norway. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Media Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).