The Circular Economy is being proposed as an alternative to our current economic models that promote production, consumption and discarding goods. The Circular Economy asks us to rethink waste as a resource, and keep things in circulation for as long as possible once they are made.
A Circular Household is an attempt to understand how these principles might be applied in our homes and communities. Could we use coffee grounds for compost, or even to grow mushrooms? And could we use those mushroom roots to create a biodegradable packing material or building material? Could we grow our own onions using the leftover ends of onions from last night’s dinner?
A Circular Household asks us to imagine the world we want to live in, and creatively look at ways to make it.
A Circular Household kits are available! The kit guides you through collecting data on what you use, consume, produce, recycle and waste, and then helps you come up with a way of visualising and mapping that information so that you can look at where you might want to make changes. It also helps you imagine possibilities by providing you with existing and speculative ideas!
Join us for A Circular Household – a participatory artwork exploring how we might rethink resources and waste by applying principles from the Circular Economy in our own homes. Over the course of 24 hours our hosts have mapped everything they use, produce, consume, recycle and waste, and noted where we might be able to create new relationships. What if we used our coffee grounds to grow mushrooms? And used the mushroom roots to make a biodegradable building material? Join the conversation and get involved by contributing your ‘leftovers’ to our Circular Exchange Hub. Bring any food items, clothing, tools – anything you don’t use, and take away someone else’s ‘leftovers’ in exchange.
I am delighted to announce that I passed my PhD viva at Newcastle University on 26th July 2018! Thank you to my supervisory team of Prof. Vee Pollock, Prof. John Bowers and Dr. Fiona Whitehurst for their support and encouragement.
What is the future of food in the face of climate change?
The A to Z Unit has been delegated by the 2 Degrees Festival to jump 50 years into the future to explore the new, renewable and modifiable economic commodity of micro_organisms (bacteria & yeasts). Micro_organisms are worth more than gold, and the key ingredient to the future of our food, economic and social systems. We have identified these resources and future sustainable food sources within the local craft food and beer micro_economic system of East London.
Join the A to Z UnitWe are recruiting a select team of micro_prospectors to join the A to Z Unit for our East London mission. Using a specialised toolkit we will harvest, map and sample local items such as bread, beer, cheese and other indicators of micro_organism transformed food and beverages before transporting them into the year 2067.
To sign up for this event and for further information please see-
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I’m very excited to be starting my Northern Bridge/AHRC funded placement working with the Making Sense project at Fab Lab Barcelona!
Making Sense (http://making-sense.eu/) is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at exploring how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
I will be working with project lead, Mara Balestrini and Creative Director, Gui Seiz, to develop participatory and community strategies for engaging people in the Barcelona pilots.
I was recently invited to present by the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal at the university’s Insights Public Lecture Series. Here, I presented my work and research into how participatory art might interrogate the ways we experience global issues at the local level. In response, I have written a brief blog post that questions what we mean by participation – an important question to address when working within participatory art.