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Social Design: Student Projects

BILLY ERNST

FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH

Violence finds expression not only through human interaction but also within passive objects, such as the fence. The fence creates ideological and spatial demarcations between man and nature. It does this by defining and categorising through a Manichean process, polarising opinion and removing grey areas or nuance. This structure is a product of the struggle for control between humans, a technical solution we conceived to solve social conflicts, a symbolic expression of our conviction that we should maintain distance from or between nature and those deemed as “other”.

The project examines three fence archetypes, alienating them from their intended context. By changing the material logic of metal within the three fences, they become soft objects that invite the user to physically interact with them, subverting their connotations of control and separation. These objects retain a level of criticality through their design that promotes engagement and questions the original purpose of fencing in our contemporary times.

Graduation project, 2019

FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH

FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH
FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH
FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH
FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH
FEELING OUR WAY THROUGH