In an interview with K-MAG, Jochen Eisenbrand talks about how the exhibition is structured, what role design plays in solving environmental problems, and what he thinks about a world without plastic.
What does the title of your new exhibition "Plastic. Remaking Our World"?
Jochen Eisenbrand: The title of the exhibition points out that the world has changed a lot because of plastics. People are now even talking about the age of the Plastocene, in reference to the Anthropocene, because plastics are simply everywhere – even in places where we don't even want them. So the title is also a call to action. We need to re-evaluate and change the way we use plastics. And we need to understand plastics as materials that should be part of a cycle, not just used once.
What can you see in the exhibition? To what extent do you want to use it to change the image of plastics in society?
Eisenbrand: The exhibition is divided into three parts. First, there is an introduction in the form of a film installation by Asif Khan, who is also responsible for the exhibition design. Since you're in a room here with screens on both sides, it's a really immersive experience. In the film, the 200 million years it took to extract fossil fuels like oil are juxtaposed with the 150 years it took to develop plastics.