Fri 25 Mar
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Workshop – Limited availability
Fri 25 Mar
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 26 Mar
10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Missing Persons
Missing Persons, 37 Swanston Street Room 11–12, Level 4, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


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Warped plastic waste collected from the ocean, Megan Wong

Tracing Afterlives: Challenging the ‘disposability’ of plastic waste Past Event

Presented by Megan Wong

Ever wonder what happens to your plastic waste? Tracing Afterlives offers a glimpse into the lives of plastic after its disposal. This event includes an exhibition and a participatory workshop centred around a collection of warped, melted and marine-growth covered plastic waste collected from the oceans of Queensland. 

A two-hour workshop provides an opportunity to interact with the warped plastic objects first-hand. Collaboratively explore with other participants your emotional responses to these plastics while speculating on their lives up to this point and far beyond. This workshop is facilitated by Megan Wong with Ilya Fridman from Monash University’s Emerging Technologies Research Lab.


Megan Wong

Megan is a storyteller from the University of Technology Sydney, blending visual communication and design research to unveil stories about the unseen undercurrents of objects living amongst us. Her great passion is plastic: of finding ways of impacting on the way we consume and dispose of plastic, particularly as a designer and not a scientist. Her project explores their hidden lives, makes comment on the ways we interact with and use them, and attempts to see the world through their nonhuman eyes.

Ilya Fridman

Ilya’s work with the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University investigates how we can collectively design for the sustainable development of products, services and systems. Ilya explores the role of designers in helping societies transition towards these sustainable futures.