Plastiglomerate Rock Dreams is a research project which examines the move towards Industry 4.0 technologies, and how this intersects with sustainability, social justice and ecology.


Plastiglomerate is a term that describes a formation of rock composed of agglutinated natural debris, sedimentary grains and molten plastic. This type of rock is sometimes considered a horizon marker in anthropogenic pollution: a fossilised intertwining of the organic and inorganic. The measuring and naming of time after geological timescales frames many of the narratives we tell about the environment, and discussions of how to move towards sustainability often fluctuate between returns to the organic, to technologically advanced futures. The project attempts to critically explore these entanglements through zines and videos, in times when technologies and the inorganic entangle deeper into our ecosystems.


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Zine 001

A Plastiglomerate Rock Dreams it were a Beautiful Fossil

2021, 104 pages


Mapping out convergences and issues of sustainability and social justice within Industry 4.0, and questions how to build more equitable futures. Featuring interviews conducted between November 2020 and May 2021 with Angela Chan, Brooke Roberts-Islam, Florence Okoye, Jessica Graves, Orsola de Castro, Sam Chester and Xiaowei Wang.




ZINE 002

Biting on the Same Tail

2021, 54 pages


An experiment in imagining new motifs to critically think through the ways in which temporalities and ecologies intertwine with human-made technical systems. Starting from the concept that language and knowledge systems shape and make our world, this body of work reflects on how crisis inducing systems such as capitalism and Eurocentrism have produced philosophical barriers that prevent both symbiotic thinking with the environment, and imagining diverse futures outside of current crises. Rejecting the innovation centric drive of design thinking, this essay instead begins to map out interconnecting systems, narratives, spaces in-between, and philosophies that shape new modes of thinking with and perceiving environments and machines.