RESHOW is an empirical comment on a very specific topic: Waste from exhibitions of the creative industries.
Facing this topic as a field of action, in lieu of a problem, RESHOW recollect, refit, catalogue, storage & reallocate certain debris from exhibitions at cultural institutions, for its reuse in new non profitable exhibitions and any kind of cultural project.
antipodes café agrees in the urgent need of reduction of material consumption, and that “reuse should be a part of everyday life” as the Commune of Oslo highlighted in its «Waste management strategy towards 2025».
In addition to its contribution in the promotion of those two ambitious targets, RESHOW stimulates lateral thinking, interchanges and creative collaborations, and invites creative actors to be aware of the environmental impact of any production.
RESHOW leads to expand possibilities of appropriation and resignification of everyday life and its debris, core topics of antipodes cafés oeuvre.
Before mounting and dismounting process of an exhibition at a private or public institution, antipodes café coordinates with them for defining specific materials that can be taken instead of becoming garbage, being surplus from montage or debris materials proper of the show.
In many occasions demounting teams from the institutions do not count with time to treat materials with care for a possible reuse, so antipodes café may participate actively in the demounting process.
Aiming coherence in all aspects of the project, from 2019, antipodes café start renting electric transport vehicles from existing collaborative initiatives.
During or after the recollection, antipodes café dedicates time to recondition materials, such as screws that may be taken out of wood beams to make reuse of both possible. Cleaning, repair, dismantling, polishing edges, cutting imperfections, are activities proper of the recondition stage.
After classification, the creation of a clear inventory is fundamental to visualize and to in the future count with the collected materials and not enter into useless accumulation or even hoarding.
In 2019 antipodes café aims to produce an accessible digital inventory online in form of an app for phones and tablets, and a website for its access from computers. And the visualisation of the inventory will simultaneously shown through existing platforms such as finn.no, facebook, artist associations and the like.
This stage demands a space with proper conditions for weather changes, safe and accessible for new users of the materials.
In early stages of this project, the storage was available spaces from construction sites and new buildings.
From 2019, this storage will be one part of the project æHouse–developed since 2016 by antipodes café–and conformed as a temporary itinerant space consisting in two containers to be placed in a certain area in disuse proper of the encounter of the city and its construction. Thus, it will be called æBod and will be open on Sundays afternoons prior appointment, and coffee and tea will be also gratis and ready for the picking up process.
All collected materials are offered gratuitously for new non-profitable cultural initiatives, such as exhibitions, urban interventions, cultural spaces, and so on.
On return, all new users will share to the public domain some comments and images of the new life of the materials, which will be hopefully reused anew once and again.
Same digital platforms of the inventory will include this comments and images from new users as well as information of the collected materials in their original use, which will become clear references for new cases.
As simple as to put back to work something with same intended function or a new one, giving a new life and meaning to an existing object. Thus, reusing materials demands a playful level of creativity, inviting to re-formulate ideas according to possibilities.
To reuse is not to recycle. Recycling demands an industrial change to a product to turn it back into raw materials for the manufacture of new products.
In many occasions we as many other cultural producers write presentations for economic support, while in fact, the need are materials that can be accessible throughout coordination and dialogue. We are sadly surprise each time we see an exhibition, cultural project and/or creative and constructive workshops being developed just with all new materials; and this gets even worse when this activities are oriented to kids.
Reusing materials instead of working with new ones, prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials or recycle, saving lot of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change and amount of space of landfills and of other destinations, such as gyres of marine debris in world’s oceans.
Reused materials may include wood, screws, carpets, pedestals, displays, frames, printed fabrics, painting materials, vinyl, lighting and audio systems, publications, and way so many weird things with an extreme short life.
New users of materials may send a visual registration of their creation to help stimulate others in taking part in the modality of work and go beyond this specific initiative.
After diverse pilot experiences of this project in past years, and seeing the advance of gratuitously driven collective spontaneous initiatives, both around the city with open workshops, and in social networks, with groups for sharing both debris and production ideas, we understand our project “reshow” as one clear contribution to the local scene of independent non commercial platforms that organize encounters between productive actors, not just for reduce economical needs for production, but to reduce environmental impact while promoting a lateral —and collaborative— thinking in the reuse of materials. Activity that leads to expand collaborative creativity and possibilities of appropriation and resignification of everyday life and its debris, core topics of antipodes cafés oeuvre.