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Is garbage worthless? Far from it! You can make all kinds of new things out of garbage. Have a go yourself with these magnified atoms in our new family lab. Dive into the plastic infinity pool and see what you make with the tiny particles.

Price
Valid museum ticket 
Location
Stedelijk Museum
Time
Every day

You can make all kinds of new things out of garbage. Lots of artists do this. Designers too.

Everything you can see and touch is made up of very small particles known as atoms. When something is no longer of use to us, we bin it and call it garbage. But the physical material doesn’t just disappear. And neither do the atoms in the material.

Img: Claire Bontje
Img: Claire Bontje
Img: Claire Bontje
Img: Claire Bontje

Have a go yourself with these magnified atoms. Dive into the plastic infinity pool and see what you make with the tiny particles.

This family lab was designed by the Amsterdam-based creative collective Hotmamahot. Hotmamahot want everyone to understand that garbage has value. This is why they refer to garbage as “lavfa,” the Dutch word for garbage spelled backwards. In other words, garbage is simply waste material waiting to be given a new life.

The LAB was developed in conjunction with the exhibition It’s Our F***ing Backyard. Designing Material Futures, which runs from May 26 to Sep 4, 2022.

The exhibition It’s Our F***ing Backyard. Designing Material Futures has been made possible by the generous contributions of Creative Industries Fund NL, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Mondriaan Fund, and our partner Polestar.