Plastic Optimism

‘Plastic Optimism’Paul Conneally
July 2022

Yarsley and Couzens account of the benefits that plastics would bring to a person born then, in 1945, the beginning of this ‘plastic age’:

“It is a world free from moth and rust and full of colour, a world largely built up of synthetic materials made from the most universally distributed substances, a world in which nations are more and more independent of localised naturalised resources, a world in which man, like a magician, makes what he wants for almost every need out of what is beneath and around him”

Yarsley & Couzens 1945

Plastic Optimism forms part of research and development for upcoming collaboration with Miffy Ryan of The Lone Ones Collective – hosted by Fearon Hall curated by Jacqui Gallon and facilitated by Professor Ming Turner, a Summer School with Taiwanese Art Interns.

We are theming a two day immersive workshop based in a local wood on merging/ combining plastics with the environment.

WE WILL EXPLORE THE PERFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF PLASTICS

WE WILL INTERROGATE PLASTICITY AND CO-DEPENDANCE WITH PLASTICS

Paul Conneally
July 17th 2022

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