Universal Species Referendum
What would the world look like if all species had the same rights and liberties as citizens in Western Europe?
Reflecting on the change to society that universal suffrage created in the 20th century, this fictional scenario asks participants to play as different species and vote for a world that they would like to live in. In doing so we ask audiences on topics ranging from climate change to rights and liberties to explore the fundamentals on which society is built, and reflect on the contemporary world that we inhabit.
This workshop has been developed to work remotely or in a physical space, dependent on Covid restrictions. So far this workshop has taken place in different institutions and independent organisations such as Antiuniversity Festival 2020, Residency 11:11 and the University of the West of England (UWE), BA Hons Graphic Design Program.
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Universal Species Suffrage
Looking at how democracy as we know it could involve other species by enfranchising animals and plants with the right to vote, this project investigates the values of emancipation within the Climate Crisis context.
The world map reflects on ecosystems rather than national borders, forming eco constituencies, accompanied by political manifestos of five different parties that are ideologically informed by their environmental context rather than anthropocentric.
While monetising the labour of nature and its resources this project poses other questions central to current debates such as property, food production, species rights, human history, etc. This speculative scenario not only reflects on the ecological crisis and lack of conversation about our impact, but highlights the general absence of ideological debate in the UK political system and the merits of certain ideas.
Through the deployment of a ‘DO nothing’ signpost, Cerrato and Halls draw on the historical purpose of a signpost as a means of orientation, a meeting place and a mean of communication. In our accelerating world, we don’t have time to reflect.
The artists have created a ‘DO nothing’ space that challenges this: that allows people to stop, to orient themselves with their own future and thoughts. While ‘DO nothing’ implies passivity, in fact the idea of actively pursuing doing nothing, requires the individual to act contrary to the contemporary standard.
Curator: Eszter Bircsák, Irini Papadimitriou
This publication explores the standardisation of human-made systems and the conformity built into even the most mundane objects.
The booklet consists of a manifesto for the expanded front cover, declaring our message in a singular text. Meanwhile, a visual narrative explores a singular notion which is deconstructed and reimagined both verbally and literally through a series of images and text.
Curator: Joshua Trees
REDTAPE is a Visual Communication student led-forum that organises events and panel discussions in order to question the role of the creative practitioner as an ‘agent’, examining proponents and bringing an external view to the current topics touched on our course. The main events have focused on culture, ethics and technology.
Collaborators: Arjun Harrison-Mann, Benjamin Cain, Benjamin Redgrove, Jordan Gamble, Joshua H. Davidson, & Chourouk Zarkaoui
Working as a site-specific installation its purpose was to bring the tension of the current plastic contamination in the ocean into the building. This project was a translation of the amount of plastic in the ocean into the given space which resulted in 1300 plastic bottles.
The structure constructed in the space in contrast to weight of the plastic created a tension in the space. This gallery space was located at the entrance of the building.
Collaborator: Doonam Lee