Precious Plastics

Starts - Wednesday 13 October 2021

Hernan Torres is the director of the Dubai Chapter of Precious Plastic, an international online community, whose main objective is to change the perception about plastic from waste to a precious material that can be transformed and reused. Hernan was born in Mexico where he studied international business. In 2012, he moved to the UAE and his passion for the well-being of the environment pushed him to look for an effective way to raise awareness about plastic pollution. To help make the learning more interactive, Hernan built two home-scale recycling machines with local assistance. With these machines, he has organized more than 10 workshops in diverse schools, galleries and events.

Schedule:

Date: 13 October 2021
Time: 6 - 9pm

Capacity:

6 spaces left

Location:

Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba

Fees:

AED 205.00

Please note that fees are non-refundable.

Tashkeel reserves the right to reschedule any gathering in adherence to current Dubai Government regulations. As such, all workshops and events are socially-distanced and capacities are limited. Visitors to Tashkeel are required to submit proof of vaccination upon registration/arrival, wear masks at all times and use the sanitiser stations available.

Plastic is literally everywhere. Scientists estimate that more than half of the world’s population might have plastic passing through their bodies. As a substance, plastic is turning out to be devilishly difficult to do something about. It is cheap to produce, useful nearly everywhere and incredibly durable. These qualities make it nearly indispensable to large swathes of the modern economy, from packaging and fashion to medicine and transportation. They also make it a nightmare to regulate or dispose of.

Every year, 2.5 million tons of plastic are consumed in the UAE and only 6% of this figure is actually recycled. To put these numbers into context, Hernan Torres will re-introduce plastic as a ubiquitous material with near-endless possibilities.

The workshop will explore how specialised machines can be utilised to create useful products out of waste. Through live demonstrations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn about how this process can contribute to their art and design practice and what tools, materials or products can be fashioned out of plastic waste.

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