During DesignMarch 2020, when touching is restricted, material experiments will be displayed using the help of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), where visitors’ senses are stimulated to experience the materials.
Valdís Steinarsdóttir has been working on finding solutions to replace toxic materials with natural materials.
For example, she has worked on a series of projects where she has researched the meat industry and the various biological waste materials it produces.
Usually, guests would be allowed to touch the material experiments to experience them in a tactile way. However, now when obviously touching should be kept to a minimum Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) will be used to give guests sense for the materials using different means.
Projects shown will be:
Bioplastic Skin: a natural packaging for meat made out of the skin of the animal itself. Gelatine is collected from the skin and worked into plastic-like material that can both be hard and soft.
HorseHair Project: Versatile material that makes for a good alternative to factory-farmed fur and polluting plastic fake fur.
Just Bones: focuses on developing a strong, natural material from only using animal bones.
The bones are turned into ash and glue and mixed back together resulting in a material similar in strength to MDF material.
These projects are an example of how various opportunities are hidden in our environment. When living on an island with limited resources, it is important to be aware of materials and explore them, from different perspectives.