UNFINISHED BUSINESS | WELCOME TO WASTELAND | NGV DESIGN WEEK | 2019 | FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES
Welcome to Wasteland presents projects by creative disciplines – including architects, industrial designers, furniture makers and researchers – exploring the use of waste materials, offering visitors an insight into how leading practitioners are approaching Australian waste issues, not just with a sense of obligation but as an opportunity of crisis.
Our most basic bodily functions are facilitated by objects. We drink from cups, sleep on mattresses and shit in toilets. Despite their commonplace existences, these vital objects have lives that connect to various cultural and aesthetic trends. Unfinished Business is a project that addresses unsustainable consumer behaviours by extending lives of objects destined for landfill.
The production of most ceramic objects involves a series of key steps. Wet clay is manipulated. It dries and is then ‘fired’ in an extremely hot kiln. After this process, the object emerges solid, somewhat impermeable and perhaps, ‘functional’. Yet, the process of producing prosaic ceramic objects (cups, toilets, baths etc.) has commercial and environmental impacts. These impacts are often linked to the mining of raw materials.
The toilets in Unfinished Business were found roadside. They have been re-glazed and re-fired to varying temperatures. The re-aestheticisation provides opportunities for these discarded functional objects to exist beyond a destination of disposal and landfill.