Åsa Ståhl is an artist and a researcher at the Linnaeus University. In 2014 she gained a doctorate degree for a thesis written together with Kristina Lindström on design, media and public engagement within the disciplines of Interaction Design and Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University. Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström have exhibited and held workshops in Europe, Asia and in South America.
Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström have been working together since 2003. Their collaboration began with the art and research project [visklek] at the Interactive Institute in Växjö and at Växjö Konsthall in 2004. Since then they have continued to collaborate on the technologies of everyday life, on how we live alongside with and together with these technologies, and – through them – with each other. Their projects often take the form of workshops, where the public play an active part in designing as well as participating in the process.
Plastic Imaginaries portrays a ragpicker and a composter that suggest different ways of living with or without plastics. They live in a late plastic age, where previous visions of ridding humans from restrictions posed by nature through the use of technologies have become troubled. In this late plastic age the dependency on plastics is severe at the same time as the resources to make it are running out. Meanwhile, the accumulated plastic waste washes up as a new kind of resource, worry, and curiosity.
Although the narrative is a speculative fiction it draws on ethnographic material...