As a radical socialist, activist, architect, poet and designer of decorative arts, William Morris believed in the power of art and design as a force for social improvement. Artist Jeremy Deller and architect Sam Jacob explore the influence of Morris on their work today, and his place in history as an icon of an alternative way of life. Hosted by Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital, Kieran Long. This event was part of the Art is Good for You Friday Late, 26 June 2015.
What role can architecture play in cases of state and corporate violence? Hear how artists, filmmakers, theorists and architects come together to produce documentary material for use as evidence in court, with Jacob Burns of Forensic Architecture in conversation with curator Rory Hyde. This event took place on 5 June 2015.
Dr Richard Tynan from Privacy International and Mustafa Al-Bassam explain what they learned from looking at the Guardian’s destroyed laptop and hard drives, which held data leaked by Edward Snowden. The Guardian’s David Blishen, who was responsible for their destruction under the supervision of GCHQ, discussed the event with Corinna Gardner, curator of the Ways to be Secret display. This event took place as part of the Digital Public Space Friday Late, 29 May 2015.
The V&A saw in election night, 7th May 2015, with All of This Belongs to You exhibition curators and a host of guests exploring the intersection of design and politics. Speaking to the exhibition curators Kieran Long, Rory Hyde and Corinna Gardner, were artist Bob & Roberta Smith, architect Liza Fior of muf art/architecture, Dan Hill, chief design officer of Future Cities Catapult, Jamie Bartlett of the thinktank Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, the British Council’s director of architecture, design and fashion Vicky Richardson, and founding director of FAT, architect, writer and critic Sam Jacob.
Spatial practitioners COOKING SECTIONS installation re-enacted the infamous cold war ‘kitchen debate’ between Kruschev and Nixon, in a nod to the preceding months’ discussions of the kitchen’s role in politics.
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, opened All of This Belongs to You speaking about The Guardian’s destroyed MacBook Air and Western Digital hard drives which are featured in the exhibition. These were destroyed under orders from GCHQ as they held leaked data from Edward Snowden. Initially considering their enforced destruction comparable to book burning, Rusbridger said he now recognizes the objects as “icons of the impotence of the state in the digital age”, giving a message of hope for countries where information is suppressed by their governments.
The MacBook and hard drives can be seen in the Ways to be Secret display, in gallery 76 of the museum. Follow the links below for more discussion of their role in the exhibition.