[artinfo] School of Speculation application open call

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SOS_19 Summer School
An independant and nomadic critical design short course
July 29-August 18, 2019

First round application deadline: May 24

Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street
London W8 6NQ
United Kingdom


SOS_19 is London's newest and most affordable independent 
architecture and design summer school. Running for 2 weeks, 20 
students will develop cross-disciplinary individual projects based on 
a speculative critical design methodology. Co-hosted by the Design 
Museum, South London Gallery and Anise Gallery, students will work at 
some of London's most critically acclaimed art and design 

The course begins through an exploration into the affect of digital 
platforms on the city before reimagining future worlds as the tools 
for critical analysis of our contemporary condition. Working along 
the lines between architecture, design, technology, environment, 
behaviour, politics and economics, the programme is built on daily 
workshops and lectures from practitioners at the cutting edge of 
design and academia.

Joining us for a series of 2-day workshops are:

The Rodina, performative designers and educators at the Design 
Academy, Eindhoven and The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, 
specialising in video, user experience, installation and virtual 

(ab)Normal, a collective experiment in architectural representation, 
creating unfamiliar visual notions of space to produce an allegory of 
a culture that revolves obsessively around the internet, gaming and 

Also visiting for a series of special events and public lectures are:

Turner Prize winning art collective ASSEMBLE, Editor-in-Chief of the 
REAL Review, Jack Self, Forensic Architecture's Samaneh Moafi, 
artists John Walter, Ed Fornieles, Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and 
many more.

Public exhibitions
August 3-4: Curated student Work In Progress show at the Design Museum
August 10-18: Students' final week-long exhibition at the 
London Gallery

Who can apply?
SOS is looking for current university students and enthusiastic 
individuals of any age who want to challenge society's norms. The 
summer course is demanding in design and theory and therefore asks 
that applicants have some prior knowledge of the architecture and / 
or design discipline(s). Students must be engaged with contemporary 
affairs and ready for debate.

How to apply
Fees are GBP 65 with SOS offering five fee waivers for those in 
situations of financial hardship. First round applications close 
Friday, May 24. Apply today at 

What is the School of Speculation?
SOS is an independent and nomadic critical design school that aims to 
challenge current models of delivering higher education. Through 
partnerships between museums, galleries, libraries and other public 
institutions, SOS aims to build relationships between the diverse 
latent pedagogy in our cities to create a different kind of 
educational offer.

Future SOS events:
SOS at PRIMER19, Saturday, June 15
Tickets now available for a half day interactive workshop exploring 
digital platforms through a fast-paced world-building exercise, 
hosted by Speculative Futures.
Parsons School of Design, NYC

SOS at London Festival of Architecture, Saturday, June 22
Limited availability for a free full day performative workshop 
exploring the relationships between digital platforms and the city's 
numerous stakeholders.
Anise Gallery, London

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