Supervised by Mathilda Tham and Juliet Sprake
My PhD is a self-reflective practice-led research, creating a research to mobilise fragmented insights around the general public perception and individual relations towards plastic disposal and re-use in UK. Research praxis, KraalD, aims to engage self, things and others in promoting plastic minimization of London's future landfill. As my practice is embedded in a social narrative; public exposition and engagement is essential, both for generating insights from a multitude of stakeholders and for further successful dissemination of this research. The manifesto I operate from, which was formulated during my MRes in Design at Goldsmiths University, Designedisposal by KraalD (Dimitrijevic, 2001-2013) strives to synergize design activism, design disposal aesthetics, craft making, public exposition and engagement; to facilitate rather than dictate, using the Designtransposal workshop, exhibition and installation as the research methods. This thesis will represent a depository of the speculative, conceptual, ontological and materiality beliefs and explorations of my craft activism with plastic disposal, through do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others (DIWO) technologies. Self-incepted in 2011, KraalD, the design praxis supporting material change, strives in a sporadic mode to socially probe, interact and temporarily negotiate micro spaces of resistance, in order to gain insights for future strategies, scenarios and speculative vision.
AHRC Design Star funded.