5x5 Participatory Provocations
Curated by Original Copy, Kyle May, and Kevin Erickson
Project Team: Julia van den Hout, Katie Gleysteen
2016 — 2017
5x5 : Participatory Provocations is an exhibit of twenty-five architectural models by twenty-five young American architects. Five contemporary issues, each addressed by five firms.
Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get “dumbed down” or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant.
This exhibit, curated by Original Copy with Kyle May and Kevin Erickson, argues for participatory criticism—identifying a series of significant popular issues and asking creative minds to take a clear stance and produce a physical expression or provocation that is made available to the public.
The five selected topics intend to provoke, but are grounded in issues we face today: a growing income gap, immigration, globalization, technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.
Architecture has a seat at each discussion.
5x5 Participatory Provocations has been on view at the University of Illinois (Feb-March 2016), the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (Jul-Aug 2016), RISD School of Architecture (October 2016), and OMI International Arts Center (Jan-Mar 2017). Future venues include the Center for Architecture in New York (Jul-Sep 2017).