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Glass—A Material Practice in the Anthropocene

Panneels, Inge

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This paper details and discusses Material Journey (2018), an art project by the author that was exhibited at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland (UK) from 9 June to 2 September 2018. This research project sought to interrogate the material impact of one art project made of glass by carefully considering the different stages of making—from design to production to the exhibition phase. The carbon footprint of an energy intensive material such as glass is often considered anathema to sustainable making practices in the field of applied arts. Whilst this paper makes the case that the material impact of individual art practices is negligible in the global context of carbon footprints, it nevertheless argues that the craft of ‘making’ has a critical role to play in the Anthropocene. Critically, this project is one of the first art projects in glass that critically examines the carbon footprint of a material practice. It is argued that this conversation is long overdue but makes the case that the tools for understanding and calculating the carbon footprint of a material practice are currently lacking and need more development.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 3, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 8, 2019
Publication Date Jan 8, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2019
Journal Arts
Electronic ISSN 2076-0752
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 7
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8010007
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1723753
Contract Date Jun 21, 2019

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