Towards a New Materiality – Industrial waste’s vast opportunities
The Nakadai factory is a vast archive of materials where flows of time overlap: Discarded, no longer used parts from the past next to today’s industry’s left-overs that have been stencilled out or over-produced. It is a material library that reflects our ways of living, our daily environments. Walking around the factory must be a paradise-like experience for the bricoleur. Yet to merely turn the masses into an arrangement of industrial waste would mean to forgo opportunity. Our aim has to be and is higher: Here is vast potential for a new, unexpected materiality out of what the waste is providing. What is the norm in waste-collection processes is some sort of purification through separation followed by amalgamation of the more or less pure into something as close as possible to the material the waste was originally made from. What we instead suggest is persistent (ab-)usage of the waste’s intrinsic and often ingenious qualities.