The following excerpt is from the article written after a Google Hangout between Made Bayak and Savitri Sastrawan on 20 January 2015. This conversation focuses on his work Plasticology and is part of the Artist-Writer Pair Series. Read more in BrackMag. Also translated into Bahasa Indonesia.
He got involved working with children and his practice ceased to be merely for himself or for solo exhibitions. By then, trash art had become a worn catchphrase and its own Internet hashtag (#). Bayak wanted a name that was familiar yet invited curiosity. It was here the term “plasticology” was born — a combination between plastic and ecology. He went on a mission to share Plasticology with various communities and schools, and offered workshops by invitation or self-initiated, whether funded or self-funded.
“This became my own moral responsibility. I realised from that question that art can be a solution. Even though (its impact) may be very small, it can be an education. It became a commitment; I planted it and watered it inside me. Plasticology became a movement of “artist as teacher”, as the students don’t get this as part of their curriculum in schools.”