Night School on Anarres
Night School on Anarres was an educational experiment developed together with linguistics scholars from Kings College, a new hybrid language was constructed language and taught to primary schools groups and members of the public through the educational format of the night school.
Commissioned by Kings College, London, UK in collaboration with the Somerset House Museum and The Courtauld Institute od Art as part of the cultural program Utopia 2016.
Description of project
As stated the project responded firstly to an existing body of knowledge and research first presented as the Risk Centre (2013), Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden. The commission from the MUDAC, framed within the exhibition Safe and Sound, Surveillance and Protection in the 21st Century allowed the opportunity to further develop, materializes and disseminate this body of research through responding to a the site of Lausanne. As users of spaces and objects risk comes to us through different channels. Whether culturally endemic, institutionalized, casual or concealed, it begins not just to affect our physical space, but also our behaviors and interactions. We are instructed, encouraged, invited or nudged towards certain forms of behavior, either for our own protection or for the protection of others. But where is the authority behind these messages coming from? The content and display of this version of the Risk Centre operated at the intersection of where cultural risk trends meet everyday users and explored how design decisions play out these relationships. As a cloud of material information, it investigated the language of design related to risk from the functional through to the more aestheticized and celebratory. Through creating a new spatial environment of heightened risk awareness it explored the notion of a scripted space that acts like a landscape of information, a lexicon of data and a library of risks to be used by Secondary school education and the wider public of Lausanne and Switzerland.
Type of work
Mixed Media Installation, Educational Workshops and Curated talks program.
1. 01.07.2016 to 14.08.2016 Paths to Utopia: Somerset House Museum, East Wing Strand, London, UK & 2. 04.11.2016 to 11.12.2016 Climatic: Post Normal Design: Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, USA
Link to web site
Speculative & Critical Design