5x5 Participatory Provocations
Curators: Original Copy, Kyle May, and Kevin Erickson
Project Team: Julia van den Hout, Cole Cataneo, Katie Gleysteen
2015 — 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, 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.