German artist Martin Keil’s artistic ventures seek to use art to as an agent of social change toward a more sustainable society. Keil is collaborating with URI art, engineering and communication students on his project, Reuse: Disposable Food Packaging, as part of the URI Distinguished Visiting Artists Program.
Keil’s project aims to raise awareness about disposable food and beverage packaging, encourage its avoidance, and to promote the use and reuse of natural resources. Disposable food packaging will be collected from around campus and transformed into art. The project will enrich the discourse about a sustainable campus and help the University pioneer innovative ways to promote conservation, recycling and reuse of natural resources.
Keil and collaborator Henrik Mayer have established a Berlin-based artists’ project group called REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, which “works at the intersection between art, science and social reality.” With partners from varied backgrounds they provide a platform for interdisciplinary activities, which connect different spheres of society.
To learn more about Keil, Mayer and their art projects, visit www.reinigungsgesellschaft.de.