Lucy Norman’s 2007 CAPtivate lamp from MoDiP’s collection is a packaging-related object featured in connection with the upcoming Provocative Plastics conference to be held this month at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).
Regarding the lamp:
CAPtivate lamp is designed by Lucy Norman under the name of her company, Lula Dot, set up to upcycle London’s waste into lasting beauty. The lamp was assembled by Watford Workshop, a registered charity that provides training and employment for people with learning disabilities, in 2007. The armitage to which the caps are screwed is made from damaged plastic PET bottle performs (injection moulded bottles before they are blow-moulded into their full shape) supplied by Artenius Packaging. The caps are donated from each home game played by West Ham United. The caps are removed from bottles sold in the stadium in order to prevent fans from using them as missiles. The lights are sold with 50 caps with the intention that buyers will personalise the light with caps that they collect.
Regarding the Provocative Plastics conference:
Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world. They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless, they are controversial: for some they are beautiful and adaptive; for others unauthentic and destructive.
This conference provides an international forum for scholars, art & design practitioners, and members of the plastics industry to examine the past, present and potential of plastics in a balanced way, juxtaposing the positive with the negative. It is expected that the conference will play a key role in developing a realistic understanding of the meaning of plastics for society and in influencing how plastics are perceived and deployed in the future.
The conference will be held on September 17th and 18th at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).