ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ (DISOBEDIENCE)

September 2018

During my internship at Studio INI, I helped Nassia Inglessis and Ed Brial prototype the installation that represented Greece at the 2018 London Design Biennale, exhibited at the centre of the Somerset House courtyard.

Very briefly, ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ is a 17-metre long kinetic wall constructed from a steel spring skeleton built up with recycled plastic. It flexes, morphs and breathes around the human body.

Photo by: Ed Reeve

It is designed around the idea of disobedience, with the wall breaking the archetype of a static architectural pavilion by moving and modulating its shape. The public are invited to participate in a mood of creative disobedience by transitioning from an obedient spectator to a disobedient actor, physically passing through the wall along an undulating walkway.

It is not influenced by the destructive nature of the word but rather by how disobedience can be harnessed for debate, creativity and progress, drawing from Greek mythology such as the myths of Icarus, Antigone and Prometheus.

Photo by: Luke Walker

I joined Studio INI when a rough, functional prototype of the installation had already been developed. My tasks involved testing it and finding ways to improve it.

During my internship, I was involved with making, prototyping and dealing with suppliers to source and work with various materials such as architectural fabrics, metals and ultimately (recycled) engineering plastics.

Thank you Nassia and Ed for having me on your team during these past few months, working on such an exciting, large scale project.