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Producing Future Homes and Communities: Utopias, Dystopias, Heterotopias and Other Spaces Chelsea Local / Tate Exchange | 6 – 10 February 2018

a week-long exploration of future communities 5th floor, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern | 12.00 - 18.00

Below are parts of the press release for the Tate Exchange that I co-curated with Shibboleth Schechter, my teaching partner on Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts.

Students and staff from BA Interior and Spatial Design (ISD) at Chelsea College of Arts along with diverse practitioners connected with the University of the Arts London will investigate ‘production’ as the theme of this year’s​ ​Tate Exchange​ event. Over the course of five days, staff, students and alumni will collaboratively deliver an experimental programme concerned with the role of art in society. ISD tutors ​Marsha Bradfield ​(Artfield Projects) and ​Shibboleth Shechter​ ​(Tate Associate) have co-curated a programme that explores the production of future communities. This stems from the conviction that our shared sustainability depends on cultural and other forms of heterogeneity. Communities are not something we can take for granted. They must be produced and reproduced in response to diverse conditions and considerations. Producing Future Homes and Communities​ convenes a community-of-communities that considers the significance of museums and other cultural institutions while grappling with the materiality of community and how it is shaped through structures, systems, networks and other relations. Join us as we explore all this through a series of public workshops that consider the future so to better understand the present: smart cities, climate change, generative and other materials for urban expansion and renewal, as well as so much more.

Visit the Tate Exchange to workshop your dream home, to archive the future and to make your own souvenir from times and places to come. Collaboratively construct architectures and infrastructures for future communities and discuss how dystopias, utopias,​ ​heterotopias​ ​and other spaces will shape and be shaped by the worlds of tomorrow – then, explore Tate’s collection with these in mind.

At the centre ​of Producing Future Homes and Communities is a large​-scale experimental build. Using recycled materials from Tate Modern and beyond, it will be collaboratively designed and created by students and members of the public over the course of several days. This model imagines architectures and infrastructures of tomorrow, asking what forms will social, economic, technological and other systems take going forward. How will these be integrated? What structures and other resources will be required to support the changing needs of education, ageing, waste management, and other factors​?​ ​Producing Future Homes and Communities will design and build, demo and workshop, walk and talk and, on Saturday 10 February, we will transact alternative futures through a non-commercial community market. It will showcase creative practices from disparate points of view that variously propose utopic, dystopic and a medley of other scenarios.

[can download the full press release here.]

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