An Xiao Mina highlights student design workshops in conjunction with the exhibition "News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory."
An Xiao Mina highlights student design workshops in conjunction with the exhibition "News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory."
November 21

News From Nowhere Evolves with Student Participation

On November 11 Core 77 surveyed News From Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory, on view through December 21 at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries.  The ongoing, collaborative project organized by Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho “is more than an exhibition of speculative design,” argues writer An Xaio Mina. She describes her participation in a workshop led by News From Nowhere contributors Kaz Yoneda and Kotaro Watanabe of takram design engineering with SAIC faculty member Tim Parsons. The 30-hour course challenged students from SAIC’s department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects to reimagine everyday objects 100 years into a resource-constrained future. “The point of these imaginings is not to propose an actual solution but to provoke a conversation through the designed objects, the backstory and the research that went with it,” she says. “Moon and Jeon have set up an experience that evolves over time, in close collaboration with their exhibition partners and the School of the Art Institute's student body.”