The wall – an item of separation, division – it a partition between two things. A threshold between one side and another. But the wall is also an assemblage of parts. A collection of self-similar units that only work when supported by another. Without the wall there would be no built environment. Just like without people we would have no politics.
“Our Great, Great Wall” will gauge the political stature of our built environment.
Our designed spaces have long held symbolic significance. They reflect our attitudes, needs and desires of the time. But cultural perceptions change and so follows our use of space or at least our understanding of its worth. Sites once honored are now sites of dissent. Designs once esteemed are now sites of protest. Building as happy backgrounds to a family picture are now backdrops to the middle finger.
“Our Great, Great Wall” is a reminder of the inherent political significance of our designed objects and spaces. “Our Great, Great Wall” is a call to action for designers use forms and spaces to participate in the political discourse. “Our Great, Great Wall” is a site of diversity and collectivity as the building blocks of beauty.
The exhibit is led by Jennifer Park of Jurassic Studio and Norman Teague of Blkhaus Studios. Exhibit team: Ravina Puri, Kamelia Megeed, Haley McDonnell, Abdullah Al Salem, Valerie Wong, Alyssa Yao, Siddharth Babani, Ian Wong, Winee Lau and Daniel Overbey.
Check out the Video at: https://youtu.be/fkZiM1VHfZo
The exhibit was reinstalled as part of the 8x3: Art + Architecture, Creative Grounds exhibit at the Anthony Overton School this past summer.