Craftsmanship and sustainability – A conversation with Rotterdam-based design studio The New Raw

The New Raw, Installationsansicht / installation view,Things That Were Are Things Again, 13.5.-20.10. © GfZK Axandra Ivanciu
The New Raw, Installationsansicht / installation view,Things That Were Are Things Again, 13.5.-20.10. © GfZK Axandra Ivanciu

The New Raw is a Rotterdam-based research and design studio. Founded in 2015 by the architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki, the studio has developed a growing body of work that advocates the sustainable reuse of plastics with a positive impact on the environment and society. It works with new digital craft techniques to extend the life of discarded materials, focussing on objects made from plastic waste and material cycles. As part of the collection exhibition Things That Were Are Things Again, The New Raw focuses on the work Labyrinth by Olaf Nicolai, which consists of industrially produced plastic brooms. Because the artwork is installed in the GfZK garden, where it is constantly exposed to the elements, it causes microplastic pollution. Among other things, the presentation will address the question of what form a more sustainable version of this artwork could take.

The conversation will take place as part of the Leipzig Book Fair.

We would like to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Creative Industries Fund NL for supporting the event..

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