SPOT (Public service for optimising refuse) was a project questioning the present throwaway culture, consumerism as a means to well-being or happiness, disposable, low quality objects with built-in obsolescence, without taking into account resource depletion or waste accumulation.
SPOT is a community repair and re-use service working to change this trend. The service underlined the idea that a new object is not always better than an old one, which might have a longer shelf life than we think if the necessary tools to take advantage of it and transform it are put into the people's hands . The Idensitat's Touring device [DI] became an itinerant workshop for SPOT, which travelled through the streets of Vic during the first half of September 2011, offering free advice and assistance in the repair, reuse and creative transformation of objects. There was also advice on the use of tools. The project provided a focal point for the creation of spaces where people may go to repair broken or damaged items, with communal facilities and professional guidance on repair techniques, DIY, carpentry, upholstery, sewing, etc.. and where the work could be evaluated at the end on its viability, and passed if it was fit for purpose.
SPOT combines aspects of a DIY shop with a meeting point for exchange of knowledge, ideas and techniques, a space for creation and debate on environmental policies, rational consumption, reuse, a place for considering alternatives and new ways. It's the aim of organising a residence in the city of Vic, in collaboration with ACVIC. More info: www.makeatuvida.net/spot