Helping to inform and inspire young people
To kick off the project students met with curator Chris Webb. They were given an introduction into the content of the exhibition, the social history and design ethos behind the Japanese House. Discussion opened up into how domestic spaces in Japan are viewed in comparison to how we view our homes in London. Chris gave us an insight into the layers of research curators complete to put on an exhibition. He explained the lengthy time scales for preparation and the decision/editing process that curators work through.
Chris was able to explain his own route into a career as a curator and the challenges he faced achieving this - trying to gain work experience, keeping in contact and networking.
After an explore of the exhibition students talked with architectural designer Sahra Hersi about her interpretation of the exhibition and how Japanese architecture has influenced her own practice. As a designer Sahra is especially interested in the social implications of architecture and explained her drive to work in the field because of its impact on peoples day to day lives. Sahra discussed with the students the ways in which architecture can support societies interactions and how communal spaces in cities are navigated depending on the designs of architects and urban planners. Students discussed their own experience of the city and began to think about how the Japanese cities they had seen in the exhibition compared to London.
Inside the exhibition students were given a series of quick and speedy tasks to complete. Some of these encouraged students to think about the use of space, how inhabitants live in spaces and the function of rooms. Students took photos and made sketches, recording and documenting the exhibition for later work back at college.
Students took pictures of the exhibition to bring back to college.
Working with collage materials to respond to the designs seen in the exhibition.
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