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Ανυπακοή (Disobedience)

During my internship at Studio INI, I helped Nassia Inglessis and Edward Brial prototype Disobedience: the installation that represented Greece at the 2018 London Design Biennale, at Somerset House. Disobedience is a 17 metre-long kinetic wall that challenges our perception of architecture as something static, or emotionally inert.

Thank you Nassia and Ed for having me on your team, working on such an exciting project.

Photos by Luke Walker and Ed Reeve.

Disobedience has been used throughout history to describe the Greek temperament. From the cautionary tale of Icarus, to Antigone, to Prometheus, Greek mythology shows a hero who disobeys the gods yet obeys his or her moral obligation to humanity and creates opportunity for its progress. It remains a potent theme for Greece at a time when the country is in the process of reinventing itself. The question is, how can we both invite disobedience and harness its constructive form? For as long as there have been rules, there has been disobedience. Scientists discover by disobeying the assumptions of predecessors, children learn by disobeying the boundaries of parents, designers create by disobeying the norm.

A ‘living’ sculpture; a 17 metre-long kinetic wall made from a steel spring skeleton and an innovative ‘weave’ of recycled plastic. The visitors are confronted with an innocuous wall, yet as they step inside, its dynamic skin flexes and morphs in response to their movements; they have transgressed a boundary, transitioning from obedient spectators to disobedient actors.

Nassia seeks to evoke disobedience’s creative expression. She invites visitors to feel empowered as they break reality outside of the computer screen and re-construct their physical space. How often can one shift tonnes of metal by their physical presence? How often can one dissolve a wall to create new space?

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