This artwork was inspired by the University of Exeter’s Centre for ALternative MAterials and REmanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE) research into the ‘Circular Economy’, the concept that waste from one process becomes re-used as an input to another.
It is composed of photographic details of scrap metal waste generated by the University of Exeter: a redundant machine disc, an industrial flooring branded with high-impact stress-test marks, and reflections seen in glass plates coated in silver and gold.
The work’s creation is in itself an expression of the ‘Circular Economy’. The image has something of an observatory-like feel: strange metallic landscapes are hinged around an eclipsed sun or the view through a camera’s lens or a microscope?
The array-like composition alludes to methodical investigation; but where systematic academic research begins with a defined hypothesis, “the knowledge that artistic research strives for, is a felt knowledge.” (Klein, 2010).
Reproduced with kind permission of Diana Tingley
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Research Theme: Environment and Sustainability
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