Who is SOS?
What is SOS?
What Is SOS_21?
12 Week Programme
SOS_21 is a free 3 month long critical design artist and designer development programme hosted by some of London’s most loved cultural institutions (including the ICA, SLG, Bold Tendencies and the Koppel Project).
Upcoming Events
Workshop / Lectures / Exhibitions
As a nomadic design school SOS has a rolling programme of lectures, workshops, courses and exhibitions occuring at many cultural institutions across the UK. All our ticketed events are free or for a nominal fee.
Our Workshops
Technical and Performative
We run for hire digital skills or critical thought workshops for universities, educational organisations and businesses built to bespoke briefs and tailored to your requirements. These range from day to week long sessions.
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seeks to challenge modes of delivering Higher Education in the UK.
SOS_21 is a free 12 week Critical Designers / Artists development programme based in London, UK for 12 participants. The course runs from: 23 August 2021 - 12 November 2021.

The course is hosted by Bold Tendencies, the Koppel Project, and the South London Gallery (SLG), and partnered with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow and the Design Museum. Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the South London Gallery and the CCA Galsgow.
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SOS_21 Key Dates
26-04-2021
Applications Open
1 Month
28-05-2021
Applications Close
12 Midnight
07-06-2021
Interviews Start
21-06-2021
Decision to Interviewees
23-08-2021
SOS_21 Starts
12 Week Duration
12-11-2021
SOS_21 Ends
Exhibition Begins
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Upcoming SOS Events
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Book a Technical Masterclass
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Photogrammetry
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Image Credit: Kishan San (SOS Co-Founder).
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Video Editing & Analysis
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Image Credit: Explosion at Port Beirut (2020). Kishan San (SOS Co-Founder) at Forensic Architecture.
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3D Modelling & Animation
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Image Credit: Explosion at Port Beirut (2020). Kishan San (SOS Co-Founder) at Forensic Architecture.
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Creative Coding
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Image Credit: Stuart Batchelor (SOS Workshop Coordinator).
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Game Engines
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Image Credit: Triple Chaser (2019). Alican Akturk (SOS Workshop Coordinator) at Forensic Architecture.
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2D Animation
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Image Credit: Bex Liu at SOS_20.
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Sound Editing
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Book a Performative Workshop
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The V&A
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Selected by the V&A to hold a day-long rolling workshop for public audiences, SOS constructed a short-form drop-in workshop around decision making in the planning department and major developments in London. Fictionalising a future Apple residential development in the heart of the east end, audiences were asked to take on the role of either the Mayor or Apple CEO over a series of rounds, chaired by SOS.
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Given only a select number of plays and a limited time, players entered into the political decision making of these large institutions and gave insight into the power we have as citizens to shape the environment we live in.
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Uni. of Westminster
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School SOS was commissioned by the University of Westminster to create a day-long workshop for Undergraduate Architecture students. 20 participants were involved in a live action design roleplay, designed to the unit’s brief and site in the Walthamstow Wetlands, London. The exercise pitted 5 characters against one another in a future scenario in which Thames Water proposes converting heritage and protected landscape into much needed sewage treatment works.
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Over the course of the game, students were involved in the political power play between a range of characters, before voting on the fate of the marshes and their natural inhabitants.
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Arts University Bournemouth
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We were commissioned to produce a remote performative and technical workshop for 100 Undergraduate Graphic Design students over the course of two days. The performative workshop centered around the recent collapse of the Arcadia Group and the demise of the flagship ‘big Topshop’ superstore on Oxford Street.
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The groups took the roles of activist groups, workers unions, big brands and governmental bodies, including Extinction Rebellion, Asos, H&M, Wrap, Unite and the Mayor of London, in a battle for the future of the highstreet. At the end of the exercise students submitted proposals for the future use of the now vacant big Topshop.