In Repair: Towards a Post-Throwaway Society

05Oct2017 08:00 - 10:00

Event

Symposium at Spring House. Speakers: Femke Groothuis, director of Ex’Tax, Prof. Ellen Rutten and Jakko Kemper, coordinator and researcher at the Sublime Imperfections NWO research program at UvA, curator & Repair Society initiator Joanna van der Zanden

What would society look like if we assigned a central role to repair? And what happens if we see repair as more than a quick fix? The symposium ‘In Repair: towards a post-throwaway society’ builds on recent studies of repair which frame the concept in an emphatically broad context. Activities such as mending, renovating, healing, rehabilitating, revitalizing, curing or hacking help us deal with problems in a social, sustainable, and resourceful way. During this evening we depart from a critical take on repair, to explore how repair thinking could set directions for a post-throwaway society -- a society where imperfection, broken systems, relations & objects are welcomed rather than shunned; a logic of breakdown bridges past, present and future; and where tax might shift from labour to natural resource use.

Keynote: Prof. Steven Jackson, coordinator of the NSF Repair, Maintenance, Sustainability research program at Cornell University, introducing 'Broken world thinking'

Speakers: Femke Groothuis, director of Ex’Tax, Prof. Ellen Rutten and Jakko Kemper, coordinator and researcher at the Sublime Imperfections NWO research program at UvA, curator & Repair Society initiator Joanna van der Zanden

Doors open from 7:30pm

Register for the symposium via https://in-repair.eventbrite.nl/. Entrance: 5 euro (incl. drinks).

Note: Donate your broken umbrella for the Umbrella Recovery Workshop by artist Julia Mandle (see below).

Published by  ASCA