The first workshop of the Museum of Vibrant Matter at the Casa do Design, Matosinhos was initiated by Alexandra Fruhstorfer and Seçil Ugur Yavuz between June 24 to 26. Participants of Captivating the Fibresphere explored the properties of the different fibres found in everyday clothing – what are the sources of raw materials, the qualities of the fibres and what happens when the fibres burn. Garments using synthetic fibres – such as rayon, acetate, polyester, acrylic or nylon – were then de-constructed. Labels were carefully preserved, the fabric cut into small pieces then manually and/or technically shredded to release the fibres. Mixing melted wax and the (potentially toxic) fibres renders them un-usable. Placing this mixture into moulds the final “blocks” of fibre-wax were carried by the participants to join other exhibits in the physical Archive of Vibrant Matter. The digital entry describing this new “matter” can be found here. Reflecting on the process, participants created a vigorous discussion on how consumers and the fashion industry need to work together on finding new lives for these fibres in the circular economic models that are now attracting businesses. A rolling conversation showed how the production of synthetic plastic fibres is also connected to the petroleum industry, our mobility patterns and consumer habits.
Guided tour to the Museum of Vibrant Matter exhibition
The Museum of Vibrant Matter, hosted by Casa do Design, Matosinhos, encourages us to adopt radical, yet humble, attitudes beyond anthropo-supremacy so we can collectively design preferable material futures that regenerate us, our communities and our terrestrial/aquatic/marine habitats. Balancing inspiration with pragmatism, curiosity with playfulness, existing material(itie)s with potential material(itie)s, at the Museum of Vibrant Matter, we encourage people to become “material explorers”.
Hours and capacity for the Museum of Vibrant Matter
Monday to Friday
10:00 am-11h00 am
15h00 am – 16h00 am
Capacity: 25, guide included
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