Julia McMorrough – In Residence
Domesticity and the experimentally habitable space of the exhibition have long been highly compatible. From the Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau of 1925, to the New Domestic Landscapes of 1972, the temporary timeliness of the expo or gallery show have been instrumental in providing the forum for both reflection and projection of the possible within daily life.
Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1956 House of the Future represents the ne plus ultra of such possibility, through a tightly formed narrative involving not only their proposed spaces of living (for a distant future of 1981), but full commitment to include future furniture (designed by them), hired actors shown ‘living’ in the house while clad in future fashions by designer Teddy Tinling, and specially designed typography by Edward Wright.
The “In Residence” studio picked up the Smithsons’ mantle of immersion and consistency of dedication to the full spectrum of a proposition. We looked back (at these and other domestic exhibitions), and forward to other forms of exhibiting, by forecasting through broadcasting: we proposed plausible fictional scenarios, or ‘shows’ (animated, acted, performed, designed) that tested novel designs for living.
As a further PROPOSITION, this studio tested the formats and timeframes of semester modularity, and was offered as two “seasons” of 7 weeks each (with a hiatus between).The second module took place once all teaching had become remote. The projects in the second half reflected the challenges of domesticity in the age of Covid.