The 2121 Museum of Plastic

Cooperative Innovations are developing a powerful new platform to experience museums online: Curatours. Whether on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or in VR, Curatours lets you visit a fully realised virtual museum with friends, family and tour guides.

We are delighted to announce that we have been funded by the British Council’s Creative Commissions as part of their Climate Connection programme to support COP26 ambitions.

We are creating a brand new exhibition – “The 2121 Museum of Plastic” – in collaboration with the inspirational South African environmentalist group Greenpop and their Festival of Action.

Imagine it’s 2121, and we’re telling a 300-year long story of plastics. What is the most optimistic story we can imagine?

The world today can seem bleak, with terrifying predictions creating deep-seated anxiety for the future, and throwing doubt into the impact of our actions.

We want to tell a new story about plastics, one which helps us meaningfully frame our actions today as a vital part of a century-long story. We want to imagine the best-case-scenario for the future. We want to motivate ourselves into a positive self-fulfilling prophecy.

There will be 6 rooms in the museum, covering the past, the present and the future of plastics. This will be punctuated with newly commissioned mixed-reality art from young South African mural-artists, led by Greenpop.

Photo by Billetto Editorial on Unsplash

Be A Partner

We can’t do this alone: we’re looking for partners to collaborate with us on making this:

  • Museums and Curators – Can you help us tell a story, understanding the origins and spread of plastics? Can you help us source interesting 3D objects to include?
  • Environmentalists and Activists – Can you help us understand the 21st century plastics industry? Can you help us raise awareness about their current impact on the environment?
  • Scientists and Futurists – Can you provide cutting-edge research to understand the future of plastics? Do you have bold predictions or ideas for a future either without plastic, or reimagining plastics in a harmless way?

Please get in touch with Leo if you’re interested in getting involved or having a conversation.