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Shifting Material Culture: A Virtual Panel Conversation

October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Asking the question “how much of the 109 tons of waste produced per person in a lifetime can be reabsorbed into one’s present needs?” Lan Tuazon repurposes and transforms discarded everyday objects—mass-produced containers, newspaper, coffee grounds, and plastic supply—to give mass to the unseen byproduct of consumption and propose an extended life span of things by processing waste as resource supply. The new works featured in the exhibition Future Fossil: SUM takes the byproducts of a throw-away society in the linear economy and grounds the conversation with a panel on the circular economy with perspectives from art, architecture, commerce and philosophy to discuss their ethos towards future challenges ahead and changing practices at present.


Kevin Adams, President and Co-Founder of WaterBrick International

Ken Dunn, Founder of the Resource Center and Lecturer of the Humanities at the University of Chicago Graham School

Meredith Gaglio, LSU College of Art & Design

Tegan Moore from Synthetic Collective, Canada

Moderator: Lan Tuazon, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute

This event is in conjunction with Lan Tuazon’s exhibition currently up at the Art Center, Future Fossils: SUM, and is supported by the Illinois Humanities.

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October 21, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL 60615 US
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