🍬 2020: The Year of the Lozenge 🍬
2019 has been a turbulent year. It concluded a decade defined by mass and international revolt. The Arab Spring, Occupy, Islamic State, the Latin American Spring, HK Pro-democracy, #MeToo, the Populism movement, Gilet Jaunes, Climate protests, School Strikes, along with more local protests that risk more international response including the recent Lebonese protests, the Kashmiri dispute amongst many many others.
The decade ends with the rise of the radical right whilst the left burrows into battle hardened trenches leaving little to no scope for consensus. Do we have the tools necessary to remedy this impasse; what is the role of contemporary Design and Architecture in our unfamiliar present condition? In a polarised world, seeking the middle ground might just be the most radical position available.
SOS_20 looks to draw its creative vigor from the Lozenge; a small, sometimes flavoured, orally administered tablet designed to alleviate a sore or dry throat. This year, instead of pursuing often unattainable solutions-based methodologies, 20 participants over 4 weeks will seek to discover and define their own amelioration-based critical design methodologies, a springboard to their own form of critical practice or a return to university with new perspectives. These methodologies will find common ground to make better, soothe and slowly mend sores.
This year we will seek to define and explore four nascent Critical Design methods: Performance Therapy, (P)labour Relations, Speculative History and Protest Archiecture. See Course Outline to find out more!
The City of a Hundred Nations (2018). Kishan San (SOS Co Founder).