6 September 2011
by Ellie Smith
We are excited to support a project which inhabits a space between science fiction and reality through a series of thought-provoking, participative and speculative design projects. The exhibition Glitch Fiction at the first Paris Design Week seeks to stimulate debate around our human relationship to science and technology in our current, alternative and imagined future everyday lives.
The group exhibition is curated by Nelly Ben Hayoun and involves work by emerging designers,architects and artists and recent graduates from the Royal College of Art working in the field of 'Design Fiction'. The group's previous exhibition Disruptive Thinking received positive critical attention including Blueprint Magazine's best exhibition award during the London Design Festival 2009.
The team invites you to "witness a chaotic Black Swan unfold, to feel the spitting heat of ash hit your high-heels in your living room, to have a machine generate your fairytales, to get caught in a thunderstorm of fish, to see your eyes, lips and skin lost in the fragments of others, to explore a new techno-social landscape through your ears or to imagine scientific rituals not yet explored".
Nelly explains that the exhibition “mixes activist and experimental designs in a real office of wonders. Dreams, nightmares, near realities and hyper fantasies meet in the middle to explore the implications of current and emerging technologies through the presentation of fictional scenarios, parallel worlds, extrapolated tangents, cautionary tales and design fictions”.
Watch this space to hear about how the group got on in Paris from one of the participating architects Liam Young upon their return to the UK.
Participating designers, architects and artists: