and display of plastic with the purpose of recruiting young men and women to work in The Plastic Harvest. As, in this future, plastic resources are finite, any plastic finds in former landfills or remote corners of the oceans are incredibly valuable. A informational video revolves the emotional testimony of a young lady touching some wild plastic for the first time. Young people are encouraged to go and participate in this work, in much the same way as teenagers today go and volunteer in The Global South.  

 

Combining fact and fiction, this installation tries to help us re-imagine a future in which recycling will become vital and necessary for survival and asks the question of who will control these recycled resources. Plastic is essential to the distribution and transport of consumer goods, it is the oil which smooths the mechanism of capitalism. Will recycling be placed at the service of a Neoliberal agenda, intent on perpetuating a capitalist ideology, or will it challenge, and even transcend it, suggesting genuinely sustainable, future methods of living?

THE RUBBISH COMPANION

 


The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition) is an installation that stages a future in which there is no more oil and plastic has become a cherished and valuable resource. Taking the form of a wooden replica of a 20 foot shipping container, the installation functions as a future museum and recruitment centre. 
 

At the centre of this museum is the sacred text of this future world, The Rubbish Companion. This is a guidebook to plastic, written in our future by an unknown hero and used by future governments to educate people into how plastic must be consciously used and recycled. The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition) contains one of very few perfect facsimiles of this book. Furthermore, the museum chronicles the demise of a plastic-fuelled society and the subsequent birth of a world in which everything is recycled and reused.

 

Employing the aesthetics and strategies of museum display, real and fictitious objects, carefully displayed in glass vitrines, narrate this story. The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition) does not merely function as a museum, but uses this history 
 

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