Made of Plastics: Uneasy Liaisons Between Art and Industry Around 1968

Charlotte Matter, M.A.

Exploring the use of plastics in artistic practices around 1968, the project focuses on a moment when these relatively new synthetic substances turned into ubiquitous materials in art, along with further industrial materials, which hitherto belonged to other, 'non-artistic' spheres of the everyday. One of the project's main questions is finding out how these materials – the very icons of hypercapitalism – can be brought together with a period marked by global turmoil and widespread criticism of consumer society. With case studies in Argentina and Italy, the project focuses on female artists and critics, in order to counter the patriarchal discourses surrounding 1968 and industrial materials.

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