Design has come a long way from its inception in industrial design, we live in a post-industrialised society where design isn’t about making chairs anymore. It’s a political act of shaping reality and given the impending crisis we find ourselves in, it matters whose reality we shape and what realities we create.
Art can unite, educate, support health, enhance well-being, boost economies, and more. Yet, to do that, art needs to be representative of the population. It has been noted that, through the UK Government’s investigation into Participation in the Arts by people over the age of 16, Asian and Black participation was significantly lower than White and Mixed race participation.
In 2019, Partnership for Youth London released a report that stated the creative sector in London often excluded young creatives from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. As a result, BIPOC artists form their own communities without waiting for a greenlight from the industry.
The goal of this project is to dismantle the White Cube. For too long have BIPOC artists been overlooked for others outside the diaspora. In Plain Sight is an exploration of a platform and service that can be used to empower and represent not just BIPOC artists, but BIPOC writers, journalists and other creatives in the community. Use The Hunt to learn more about why we do what we do, or The Trail to discover emerging BIPOC artists and places that have been used to empower artists in the community from their inception.
While you can see designed interactions like Service interfaces, trails and scavenger hunts in these projects, they are not the endpoints of my design practice. I find human relationships & cultures as the real materials with which we can create systems that manifest design intent.