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Prototypes in Public

Prototypes in Public
  • On August 13, 2019

Prototypes in Public is the first distributed exhibition of the Interactive Architecture Lab, presented across London at the Barbican Centre, Tate Britain, Fold Nightclub and Samsung Flagship Store. These venues with their different audiences act as a testbed for work in progress by students of the Lab’s Masters in Design for Performance & Interaction.

EXHIBITION TIMINGS 12-15 August 2019

Prototypes in Public @Barbican Centre 
10am – 8pm, 12–14 Aug
Public Crits 2-4pm 14 Aug

Prototypes in Public @Tate Britain
12am – 6pm, 14 Aug
Public Crits 4:30-6pm 14 Aug

Prototypes in Public @Fold
6pm – 9pm, 14 Aug
Public Crits 6pm 14 Aug

Prototypes in Public @Samsung Kings Cross
10am – 10pm, 14 Aug
10am – 6pm, 15 Aug


The convergence of fields of digital networked media, robotics, AI, advanced materials and manufacture are increasingly animating the built environment. Buildings saturated with embedded sensing coupled to kinetic and autonomous building systems, adapt to occupant behaviour and environmental conditions. At the urban scale, data crunching algorithms shape the performance of city infrastructure, and with it, the lives of those living under the watchful eye of machines of loving grace. At the scale of the human body, the prosthesis of converging technologies augment and mediate our experience of the world. Context-aware mobile technologies provide rich targeted experiences, intuitive communications services shaping social relations from the interpersonal to the global. As a consequence of this dramatic reformulation of social, spatial and technological relations, the Bartlett has developed its Master’s in Design for Performance and Interaction to address this moment of change. Taking a radically interdisciplinary approach, design research is conducted through the production of physical and virtual prototypes that are tested in public and informed by theory from performing arts, digital media, spatial interaction, anthropology, sociology, cybernetics, cognitive neuroscience and aesthetics.

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