Giulio Laura
A CONSUMER’S GUIDE, POWERED BY MATERIAL POLITICS
7 July – 30 July 2022

Consumption1 is the utilisation of any object in whatever form they may be. A counter gesture against disposal, rather than throwing something out at the point of obsolescence. Problem solving as a way to rejuvenate objects if broken, useless or out of date. Mending them, Mining2 them for their parts, recontextualising them to make something new. Appropriating discarded materials as a method of playful cultural Consumption neglects the idea of ownership in favour of reparation. An attempt at reframing what Consuming means, re-appropriating the power of depletion. Consumption is as a counter gesture against disposability.

1 Consumption: The utilisation of objects to their full material possibility, disregarding the idea of obsolescence.

2 Mine/mining: The collection/extraction of collectable waste.