Circular Cultures: Materials

PCAI collaborates with the British Council and Onassis Stegi

PCAI is excited to collaborate for the second year with the British Council and Onassis Stegi on the occasion of Circular Cultures: Materials. PCAI will present work from its Collection in an online exhibition under the title Dematerialising the art object.

More about Circular Cultures: Materials (March 29-30, 2021)

For the past three years, the British Council and Onassis Stegi have opened up the dialogue on the role of design against climate emergency and on the creative practices that can help us create a more sustainable future. With the fashion industry as our starting point, we introduced Crafting the Future to address sustainability through fashion design, crafts and making culture. Taking the programme forward, Circular Cultures highlighted circularity as the lens to look at innovation and materials and a tool to devise sustainable models for the design and creative community.

As the virtual world increasingly encroaches on the physical world, this year’s edition of Circular Cultures explores what a return to materials and their properties means for circular design and its future. The programme focuses on circular design and materials through two distinct perspectives: material wisdom and material waste. What do we know about materials and the creative practices they give rise to? How does the digital transformation of life affect our relationship with them, their value chains, their use and conceptual framework?

Adopting a fully virtual format the British Council and Onassis Stegi present a two-day programme via zoom,  comprised of a conference on the first day with keynote talks and panel discussions, followed by a day dedicated to workshops and masterclasses delivered by academics, established and emerging designers, as well as artists.

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Circular Cultures: Materials

More about the PCAI exhibition: Dematerialising the art object (March 29-Apri 11, 2021)

Dematerialising the art object is an exhibition created on the occasion of Circular Cultures: Materials with works from the PCAI Collection. Between 1967 and 1968 Lucy Lippard and John Chandler co-authored The Dematerialization of Art, an essay arguing that ideas would eventually replace art objects; the text would result in Lippard’s seminal book on conceptual art under the title Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972. What if objects eventually become wholly obsolete, as the two writers wondered half a century ago? How has materiality and consumerism shaped not just contemporary societies but also art communities and their practices?

While environmentalists, academics and scientists work together with artists to conceive ways of a sustainable, resilient future in which materials and material waste will not pose a threat to earth’s perseverance, as is the case with the recently created Future Materials Bank platform, others turn to AI in search of an alternative cognitive and creative process.

Participating artists are: James Bridle, Marcus Hanacam & Roswitha Schuller, Vassilis Karouk, Almagul Menlibayeva, Kosmas Nikolaou, Eva Papamargariti. Curated by Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI Artistic Director. The exhibition will be available via PCAI’s YouTube channel from March 29 to April 11.

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Image: © Onassis Creative Studio