Tag Archives: Utopia

London Design Biennale 2016

fullsizerender-3537 countries have come together at Somerset House with designs inspired by utopia. Scattered throughout the venue, each country responded to utopia differently – some focused on utopia’s political ideals, some created ways to provide aid and equality while one immerses you in a virtual reality. With 37 countries explaining their concepts, there is a lot of information to absorb. Not to worry. Cooper Hewitt’s technology pen allows you to tap the icon on each information didactic. Once you have tapped each wall label you want to remember, you can log on to the website and find the information you wanted to save ready to download to your computer. Pretty cool.

fullsizerender-28Daalaan // Pakistan

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Otium and Acedia // South Africa

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Shenzhen: New Peak // Shenzhen, China

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Cooper Hewitt // United States of America

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Water Machine // Saudi Arabia

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Chakraview // India

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VR Polis, Diving into the Future // Spain

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Human. Touch // Israel

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Human. Touch // Israel

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle

FullSizeRender-3The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Part I // Jimmy Cauty // 2013

I don’t know about you but I was pretty disappointed when I was unable to obtain a ticket for Banksy’s Dismaland in September. But I was more than ecstatic to learn that one of the works on display at Dismaland I could now see in London. Located in a warehouse by Hoxton Station is Jimmy Cauty’s New Bedford Rising Model Village Experience known as The Aftermath Dislocation Principal. This 448 square foot (1:87 scale) model shows the dystopian city of Bedford being run by the police force. You can see the Princess of Cambridge being taken out of the crumbling city and a “drive -through” McDonalds where a truck has actually driven through the building.

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