Expos Futures

A number of members of the Fig.9 Collective are currently involved in a collaborative project with students on the Royal College of Arts Information Experience Design (IED) and History of Design (HoD) MA courses.

Expo Future BrainstormingThe project is bringing designers and historians together to critically analyse exhibition cultures and explore potential future directions for international expos. While many of the IED students have recently visited the Milan Expo to inspire their thoughts and criticisms of expo practices, the HoD students are carrying out research into international contributions to the 1862 International Exhibition. This research will therefore both form a critical framework for the designers as they engage with contemporary exhibitionary practices and contribute to Visit1862’s on going research.

Expos Futures Exchanging IdeasThe project will culminate in an exhibition at the Machines Gallery and a number of featured blogs on Visit1862 at the beginning of 2016.

Expos Futures ThemesNow two weeks into the project students have collectively identified six themes:

  • The context in which expos function in
  • The agenda behind expos
  • The global character of expos
  • The tension between the global and local in expo practices
  • The tension between the digital and physical aspects of expos
  • The sensory experience of expos

These themes are now directing their conversations and helping them to develop ideas for future international exhibition design schemes.

Expos Futures in the Machines GalleryThis is a really exciting opportunity for students from the RCA/V&A History of Design MA to engage in experimental history of design and critically develop fruitful working relationships with designers. We are excited to be part of this project and look forward to partaking in more of its developmental conversations and engaging in physical outputs.

If you would like to know more about the project, Visit1862 are writing a series of blog posts to journal its development. These can be found in their ‘journal’ column: http://visit1862.com/category/the-journal/

© Ruth Slatter (nee Mason), 2015