Re-making e-waste: shaping new lives for old e-things

Electronic waste is one of the biggest challenges of the digital age.

Remaking e-waste is a week-long event (16 -20 March) as part of Melbourne Design Week 2020. We invite designers, artists, creative writers and anyone interested in exploring solutions to e-waste to engage in a series of speculative exercises to imagine and shape new lives for old electronic devices.


Opening Forum: Monday 16 March, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Join a group of experts in a discussion about the role of repair in tackling e-waste and shaping a future circular economy.

Speakers include:

John Gertsakis. E-Waste Watch Institute
Michelle Fisher. Melbourne Repair Café & Sharing Shed
Jenni Downes. Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Simon Lockrey. RMIT University. School of Design

The Remaking Waste Collective will introduce the speculative repair workshops and exhibition that will be run as part of the Melbourne Design Week.

Speculative Repair Workshops: Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 March, 11am - 4pm

Designers, artist and creative writers will facilitate projects to create new lives for broken or obsolete electronics using four different techniques:

Hacking: circuit bending, case modding, mash-ups, fixing

Storytelling: object biographies, creative writing, photography, fictional ethnographies

Mending: 3D printing, disassembling, e-junk hacking, visible mending

Subvertising: spoof ads, sticker bombing, luxury packaging, digital vintage branding

Closing Exhibition: 20 March, 5 - 7pm

Presenting creative works produced by workshop participants

Register for events here

Remaking E-waste is organised by RMIT School of Design and Monash Art Design and Architecture MADA