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ARTIST WORKSHOP: 'A MODEL SHELTER' BY DEBBIE DING

 

How would you prototype a shelter to protect yourself from fears of "rising sea levels", "Trump", "Zika Virus", "terrorism", "labour shortage", and "snakes in the toilet"?

Design prototypes have been identified as a potential way of developing services and products by using fictional narratives about the future to investigate the implications and impact of emerging world events and technological developments, as well as future scenarios which are not yet part of our present reality.

Debbie Ding is interested in the “household shelter” as one such speculative design. In designing these fictionalised prototypes, could we use these prototypes as a way to test out ideas, explore our inner dreams and fears, or simply experiment with the aesthetics of different materials? By turning these ideas into real objects within our physical reality, how do these built prototypes and models influence the social construction of reality?

Working with cardboard and other simple materials, workshop participants will work in small groups to build a human-scale prototype of a Shelter in response to selected excerpts from the news about incipient “fears”, “threats”, and “challenges” which Singapore has been reported to be facing in the near-future. Groups will be provided with a choice of scenarios from which to work, with as well as images and suggested plans.