Join RISD Zero Waste Alumni Affinity Club for a discussion with Markus Berger and Julia Gartrell MFA 15 SC on the art and act of repair. Through mending, broken items and soon to be "waste" are given new life and imbued with added meaning, new value, and enriched history. The act of teaching repair and bringing together menders and remakers is an opportunity to build a conscious community that values its objects and reevaluates trash.
The discussion will be followed by a special mending workshop with Hannah Liongoren MDes 17, who will lead the group in creating a short zine to appreciate and investigate the value of rejected objects. To best participate, come prepared with a sheet of paper, a favorite writing implement and think about a recent encounter you may have had with discarded street furniture.
About our speakers:
Markus Berger is a RISD Interior Architecture professor, registered architect in the Netherlands and principal of the Providence-based art/design workshop The Repair Atelier. Berger is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Int|AR, which encompasses issues of adaptive reuse, preservation, conservation and spatial alteration.
Julia Gartrell MFA 15 SC is a sculptor whose explorations are centered on reuse of material and “making do.” Julia’s project Radical Repair Workshop encourages participants and viewers to consider their relationship to mending, sentimental objects, single-use items, and radical modes of repair.