Knowing that our resources and assets are limited, why aren’t we more willing to upcycle and extend the life span of materials? Seeing that digital and physical are morphing, what impact does that have on our notion and relation with materiality? These questions resulted in the start of the Reboot & Reuse project, an art-driven experiment by Bastiaan de Nennie and In4Art on rebooting function and form, while reusing the material in a closed loop.
In 2021, the project evolved into OurkilO and resulted in a micro-factory in Rotterdam, that investigated a complete solution to replace mass production manufacturing with a customizable, modular and circular system enabled by a digital platform to keep track of the material and CO2 footprint. What if we could reach a 90%+ reduction of CO2 emissions in cities and 100% plastic waste elimination compared to current alternatives?
Within OurkilO a local micro-factory concept was prototyped in Rotterdam and experiments were conducted on creating a circular model for PET and PLA plastic. It focussed on mechanical recycling and experimented with various processing- and production techniques, mainly 3D printing. The goal was to overcome the plastic waste through creating a loop, while being able to use it as a high-quality materials for as long as possible.
Koppert Cress / NOBS / Joshua Holetz / Gerben van Osselaer / Léon Spek / Niels Heymans / Maarten Scherpenisse / Peter-Bas Schelling / Bluegrass festival / BioFutura / Bergweg Werkt! / Blijberg / Imelda school / Hildegardis / Byewaste / Impackt!
OurkilO has won several awards and grants that supported our experiments and learnings: DigiCirc, CityLab010, P>ACT Challenge Provincie Zuid Holland and Di-Plast.
This Project has indirectly received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation action programme, via an Open Call for Circular Cities issued and executed under the project DigiCirc (grant agreement No 873468)