Material Memory

Collecting Plastic





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Plastic objects have been an integral part of daily life since at least the 1950s. They have also long since found their way into cultural history or folklife exhibitions in museums. But those who not only want to exhibit the everyday culture of the 20th and 21st centuries but also preserve it must collect plastic in an active and systematic way. But how does one select from the seemingly infinite number of plastic objects those worthy of being included in collections? How does one even go about conserving and restoring all the various kinds of plastics? And how much do we need to consider that the public perception of this material is constantly changing – and thus our collection practices too?


This workshop would like to combine a reflection on the cultural history of plastic as a collection item with insights from the field of materials science. It invites cultural researchers, curators, and conservators to think about whether and how plastic can find its way into museum storerooms and thus the material memory of the 20th and 21st centuries.





Organisers of the workshop

Anne Wanner, Curator of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, Vienna (A)

Eva Tropper, Museumsakademie Joanneum, Graz (A)



Vienna (A)



190 €, reduced price 140 €


Registration and info
Museumsakademie Joanneum
T +43 (0) 316/8017-9537, Fax -9808


Please register via e-mail or fax. 

Museumsakademie Joanneum

Sackstraße 16
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-664/8017-9537