Experiencing Sustainability Issues - Experience Your Plastic Future

Experiencing Sustainability Issues

Experience Your Plastic Future

Names of those involved in the Team: Khyrham Tose, Pascale Gourlay, Nur Abdullah-Perkins, Eunji Kim, Rob Wood.

External Collaborators: talks/videos/Skype contributors:

  • Prof Richard Thompson - (Plymouth University) Skype debate

  • Prof Ipsita Roy - (University of Westminster) Talk

  • Oliver Ticknell-Legislation- Skype/video

  • Thibaud Lecluse - VI sensory expert and immersive theatre (talk/activity)

  • Kings - talk on plastic fibres in the environment.

  • Jay Sinha - Life Without Plastics, video

  • Mr Inty Gronneberg - Dyson School of Design Engineering Research Design and Innovation Group (giving a talk)

  • Dr Richard Kinsley - Imperial College Lodnon

  • Michael Dixon - Snact

Invited Contributors and Participating Guests:

  • Annemarie Borg Composer, Tutor, Ocean Conservation Speaker (soundscape)

  • TIPA plastics (Nepal)

  • Snact (compostable packages of reused foods UK)

  • Purple Flame Aromatherapy (purpleflame.co.uk)(Seaweed extract Bladderwrack Fucus Vesticulosus Europe) Olfactory sense-scape

  • Muji (Aroma Diffuser) Olfactory sense-scape

When & Where:

Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th March, 2018 (12h00 to 18h00)
Location: Incubator One
Arts Work of the Future Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London 




Experiencing your Plastic Future: Presenting a multisensory underwater environment representing two alternative futures – continuing the current path, or changing to a sustainable path. The audience are invited to participate in changing the installation by making choices about their use and waste of plastics. 

Khyrham will be presenting live Zooplanton he has cultured, to the public, using two microscopes lent by Marylebone Boys’ School seeing how they respond to microplastics in samples of Thames water he collects himself.

The audience are also invited to make packaging choices and to admit their recent plastics behaviour and are invited to add cardboard fish that have ingested plastic or healthy fish that are suitable for food, to the installation.

The left side of the installation will show the plastic build up and toxic results of non-recyclable, non-compostable plastics. The right side shows the healthy for the sustainable future.

Pascale and Nur will introduce sustainability issues, tackled by the invited speakers, growing bioplastics from bacteria, making and using compostable plastics, the issues of plastics in our oceans, machines for cleaning up the ocean floor and more.

The appearance of the installation and the multi-sensory aspects, light, sound, and scent, and the setting up, have been contributed to by 5 artist/collaborators including Eunji from Wimbledon who is a theatre and show designer from Wimbledon. 

The multi-sensory nature of the installation links with Thibaud Lecluse participatory talk around sensory disabilities and heightened sensory perception with non visual stimuli. 

Programme & Activities:

On-going - Throughout the week at the installation:

  1. Zoo Plankton and sediment - Khyrham
  2. Choosing your plastic future – game and installation changing choices – Pascale




Speaker / Activity

Tuesday 6th

Unconference Room

1.30 – 3 pm

Snact Compostable Packaging for all – costs in money and savings to the environment

Tuesday 6th

Incubator 1 space

1 - 2 pm

Sustainability – issues. Choose your plastic future

Tuesday 6th

Incubator 1 space

3 - 4 pm

Stephanie Wright – plastic fibres in the water and the air

Wednesday 7th

Unconference Room

5 – 6 pm

Doctor Richard Kelwick (Imperial) – Engineering bioplastics

Thursday 8th



1 – 2 pm

Professor Richard Thompson – Skype debate

Thursday 8th

Incubator 1 space

3- 4 pm

Oliver Ticknell - Legislator

Friday 9th

Incubator 1 /


2 – 3 pm


Saturday 10th


12.30 – 1.30 pm

Children’s talk and repacking game Ahana

Saturday 10th


1.30 – 2.30 pm

Thibaud Lecluse

Plus feeling packaging game

Saturday 10th

Incubator 1 space

1.30 – 2 pm

Ei Tian – Plastic Eating Fungus

Saturday 10th

Unconference Room

2.30 – 4 pm

Professor Ipsita Roy

and Pascale, Khyrham, Nur, Ahana on Sustainability

Saturday 10th

Unconference Room

4 – 5 pm

Ei Tian talk – with us on Sustainability Alternatives – Snact? Q and A and Ahana

Saturday 10th

Incubator 1 / table at installation

Day and time TBC

Inty Gronenburg – machines to clean up the plastics

Sunday 11th

Unconference /

Incubator 1

12 – 1 pm

Us 15 mins - Snact Ahana

With sustainability talk 15 mins w Ahana


Web/Social media links:

www.pascalegourlay.com @PascaleGourlay – Instagram/Twitter 

www.eunjikim154.wixsite.com/theatre-eunjikim , www.Youniqreative.com






Welcome Area - Automation, Creativity & Technology

Welcome Area - Visitors are welcomed into the event by a mock hologram of a talking cyborg, providing an overview of what is happening on the floor. Alongside the relaxed welcome area you are invited to get hands on by helping us what Arts Work of the Future means, through exploring & questioning automation and technology

Incubator One: Are Humans Sustainable?

This incubator explores the potential of the human species to survive and thrive within new technological environments. Please see below Digital Maker Collective and Guest Industry/Sector/Edu/Maker Provocations

Incubator Two: What is the future of interaction?

This incubator will rethink virtual and physical space with interactive audio and visual projects . Please see below Digital Maker Collective and Guest Industry/Sector/Edu/Maker Provocations

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