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Designing Politics Exhibition | 8 May – 9 June 2017

Private View | 9 May 19.00–20.30

Exhibition open | 8 May–9 June

Opening times | Mon–Fri 10.00–20.00, Sat 12.00–17.00, Sun closed

Venue: LSE Atrium Gallery, Old Building (entrance via Clare Market) WC2A 2AE

Theatrum Mundi, in collaboration with LSE Arts, are proud to present the exhibition Designing Politics. Learning from three ideas challenges in New York, London and Rio de Janeiro, this exhibition will continue a conversation about the relationship between design, performance, politics and the city.

What does it mean to design for free speech? Can architects create urban commons? Is respect something that can be built into the city? The Designing Politics project was developed following a series of Theatrum Mundi workshops influenced by the Occupy Movement in 2012. For the past three years, Theatrum Mundi has asked a different question in a different city. In New York in 2014, we asked whether urban design interventions can stimulate the use of the First Amendment protecting free speech in public. In London in 2015, we called for the design of systems and situations through which new urban commons could be built. In Rio in 2016, we asked whether an aesthetics of respect can be designed, and what the implications are for the politics of the city. In each city, an open call invited interdisciplinary teams of people from across the performing and visual arts, and the built environment disciplines to send in propositional responses.

Rather than exhibit the winners of the ideas challenges, this exhibition draws ideas from across the three years to reflect upon the relationship between design, politics and the city.

We would be delighted if you or anyone in your network would join us for the opening of the exhibition on 9 May, 19.00-20.30.

The exhibition has been designed by Mike Lim, Roddy Bow and James Pockson.

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