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MA Interaction Design Communication collaborate with Design Museum for Histories and Myths of the 21st Century Home

Silhouette of person sat at desk.
Silhouette of person sat at desk.

Written by
Jake May
Published date
12 February 2019

Students from London College of Communication’s MA Interaction Design Communication course are preparing to collaborate with the Design Museum on an event exploring perceptions of home.

Students will be participating in Histories and Myths of the 21st Century Home, part of the Design Museum's Home Futures exhibition, on 16 March. The event is co-produced by the curatorial collective Haunted Machines, run by Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell, Acting Programme Director for Graphic Design Communication at London College of Communication.

The event will imagine what the architects and designers of the 20th Century would have thought of the home today, through performances, games and interactive installations.

Marta Roncero, MA Interaction Design Communication student, shares an insight as to what visitors can expect from the event...

In the same way as the artists and designers envisioned the home of the 21st Century, through speculation and imaginaries, we want the audience to re-think about how the meaning of the house shifts with social, technological and political changes.

Students have been split into groups, and we’re functioning as small studios. As studios, each with their own identity and purpose, we are creating projects which respond to each category of the Home Futures exhibition.


We imagine a future where living together won’t be about people anymore but about the ‘sense’ of presence; or where our ideal of home is one where humans will be able to change objects functions in order to challenge them.

We have given the Red Telephone Box a new meaning to help us live on the move.

Our dependence on systems will be growing and by 2050 we imagine what it might look like if we depend on AI assistants.

We envision a world in which overpopulation and ecological challenges have caused the formation of new ideal cities or utopias as a response to globalisation and lack of natural resources.

Each group has been inspired in their work by artists, architects and designers from 20th century. What Martha Rosler would think of privacy with objects that are able to listen about our conversations, for example; or how Le Corbusier envisions a utopian city.

"We want the audience to re-think about how the meaning of the house shifts with social, technological and political changes." — Marta Roncero

We are using experimental approaches to develop our work, doing projects based on low technology, performance, and audience interaction.

This is a good opportunity for us because we can get hands on in real projects and events in organisations such as Design Museum and Haunted Machines.

We’re learning how to create an ephemeral project that lasts for one day; and what the creative process from start to finish looks like.

We’re really looking forward to showing off our ideas and work to members of the public, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!

We’re really looking forward to showing off our ideas and work to members of the public, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Histories and Myths of the 21st Century Home will take place at the Design Museum on Saturday 16 March, 11am–5pm.

Words by Marta RonceroMA Interaction Design Communication student.

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