Here are some photos of our shipping container / viewing space / studio from September 2007 in Wellington.
We spent the month (part of Intenscity festival) creating the installation in the container and also did a video performance that became the running installation. Photos by David Read @ firstfloor.co.nz
Thumbnails below that link to images.
1957 The first baggies and sandwich bags on a roll are introduced.
1958 Poly dry cleaning bags compete with traditional brown paper.
1966 Plastic bag use in bread packaging takes over 25 to 30 percent of the market.
1966 Plastic produce bags on a roll are introduced in grocery stores.
1969 The New York City Sanitation Department’s “New York City Experiment” demonstrates that plastic refuse bag curbside pickup is cleaner, safer and quieter than metal trash can pick-up, beginning a shift to plastic can liners among consumers.
1974/75 Retailing giants such as Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Jordan Marsh, Allied, Federated and Hills make the switch to plastic merchandise bags.
1973 The first commercial system for manufacturing plastic grocery bags becomes operational
1977 The plastic grocery bag is introduced to the supermarket industry as an alternative to paper sacks.
1982 Kroger and Safeway start to replace traditional craft sacks with polyethylene “t-shirt” bags.
1990 The first blue bag recycling program begins with curbside collection.
1990 Consumer plastic bag recycling begins through a supermarket collection-site network.
1992 Nearly half of U.S. supermarkets have recycling available for plastic bags.
1996 Four of five grocery bags used are plastic.
Timelapse of day sewing and ironing in our container. Music Deceptacon by Le Tigre.
After 3 weeks of ironing, sewing, nightime projections, RSS feeds and eating PO boys at Sweet Mammas kitchen we are ready to open the doors on Sentimental Plastics shipping container. The mysterious faces of Courtenay Place have become our friends and the locals around our large yellow box have warmed to us nicely.
Our screen-strips are all sewn together and hanging from the roof of the container the Storybox projection kit is up and running sweetly and so now its…
on with the show…
Workshop on how to upcyle /1pm
Vj performance / 8pm
Tuesday 2nd – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Thursday 4th – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Friday 5th – Closing night performance / 8pm
Big thanks to Wellington City Council, Sweet Mammas Kitchen, Green party, Candywhistle, Seb, Jesse camera girl, DMDN students for there support.
We are currently looking for volunteers to come and help us with our project.
The first part of of what we are doing is cutting/ironing/sewing plastic bags to upcycle them into new objects. This process is time intensive and the more help we can get the better!
The second part of what we are doing is video interviews with people about there opinion on the use of plastic bags. These will become part of the video installation that is screened.
Things we need.
– more ironing boards and irons
– more sewing machines
These are times the installation is open and when you can come down to hang out and work with us on upcycling the bags.
The installation is located in a shipping container outside Sweet Mammas Kitchen at the end of Courtney Place, Wellington. Right now at night we have video projections going.
Tuesday 18th Sept (Tomorrow) – 11am – 7pm
Thursday 20th 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 22nd 11am – 6pm
Tuesday 25th 11am – 6pm
DO IT AT HOME!
Another way you can help is upcycle your plastic bags at home and bring the finished product into us! What we are looking for is the squares of material that are produced once you have gone through the process of ironing the bag.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to help out.