The exhibition was opened in Hamburg in November 2017 and will travel the world for the next ten years. Pure Gold is a project by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) that explores the subject of rubbish and presents approaches to using existing trash to create valuable products. It consists of two complementary parts: the physical and material exhibition and the virtual platform as a space for dialogue, discussion and the storage of knowledge.
Working with seven curators from Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Near East, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, ifa has brought together 76 exhibits and a total of 53 designers for the exhibition, where they present added value and appreciation within many diverse contexts. The workshops that take place at the international touring exhibition venues with local designer and maker scenes offer results in the shape of instructables on the platform, as a further level for discussion and knowledge.
As part of the Vernissage in Hamburg, ifa hosted a conference with talks from experts of the fields of Design and Making – in Germany, the makers were Victoria Wenzelmann from GIG as well as Christian Zoellner from Fabmobil – and hands-on workshops about recycling and upcycling.
Samer Shawar and Marios Mouratidis did their popular Junk Drawbots Workshop with the attendees of the conference, and thereby introduced a lot of people who had never used a soldering iron before to making. The results were lots of fun, lots of learning, and lots of bots in the co-drawing!
We are very curious about the next stop of the Pure Gold exhibition at the Thailand Creative and Design Center in Bangkok!