Kristina Lindström is an artist and researcher. In 2014 she gained a joint doctorate together with Åsa Ståhl in interactive design and public engagement in processes within the areas of Interaction Design and Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University. She is now affiliated to Malmö University and Umeå University. Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl have exhibited and held workshops in Europe, Asia and in North and South America.
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl 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...