Convened by UNSW’s Guy Keulemans, this panel invited a selection of Sydney Object Therapy contributors to discuss their repair works, including product designer and conceptual designer Trent Jansen, social entrepreneur Andy Marks, ceramicist Naomi Taplin and paper artist Benja Harney. The panel explored the viability of transformative repair as a response to problems of obsolescence and waste in product design and its potential as a service for users and consumers in need of options for fixing their broken goods.
Repairing. It’s something our grandparents definitely did, but something we are doing less and less. In today’s society repaired objects are often perceived as being of less value. Object Therapy was a project that challenged this preconception, celebrating repair as a creative process that can add value. Object Therapy was a research and making project that culminated in a public exhibition that encouraged us to rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. It explored the almost forgotten role of repair in our society and its possibilities. The project was developed in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Australian National University (ANU) and through a research-based approach it was an investigation into the culture of ‘transformative’ repair as practiced by local, interstate and international artists and designers.