Exhibition Design for Het Nieuwe Instituut

PLASTIC: Promises of a Home-made Future is the third project in the series about materials and their economic, cultural and social significance. PLASTIC shows how far-reaching innovation in materials has fired the imagination for a century, yet continues to evoke doom scenarios.

This project is part of the multi-year program ‘Materials and Things’ and is based on the research by designer and researcher Tal Erez that resulted in an exhibition from 16 January until 6 April 2015 at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Daphna Laurens designed the exhibition in the form of a docubition: a combination of documentary and exhibition. For every chapter of the documentary a room was created, in each room a part of the documentary was shown on industrial plastic curtains. Through these curtains the visitor could entrance the next chapter.

It is a battle for our hearts and minds, and our wallets. And we find ourselves at the centre of it. So what are we going to do with plastic? Tal Erez.