The Hyperobjective
By Louis Scantlebury
Hyperobjective is a video game that lets you experience the hyperobject. The narrative; a real-time interactive simulation of earth’s next 2000 years of projected sea-level rise. The game uses a second player POV, a 2000-year gameplay loop and the Death Button to foster a new form of subjectivity among a community of players.
Inside the Belly of the Beast
By Okocha Obasi
Presented here is one artifact of the ongoing critical investigation between myths, time travel, and social issues of the 21st century. This project showcases 5 unrelated objects, collected and featured at the British Museum. Conjuring a story illustrating the magical narrative of how Africa was removed from the world and sent to Saturn before its colonisation, Inside the Belly of the Beast depicts a contemporary allo history.
कोठार [Ko-tth-aar] - The Storeroom
By Sharvaree Shirode
“I am The Storeroom. I have changed a lot over the years; I used to be a useful room, lively and full of laughter. There were daily movements. Now it is dark here all the time.”

Through the words of Sharvaree’s grandmother, Aaji, and the lens of ‘Kotthar’, this project brings alive obsolete objects from the traditional Indian kitchen that have been kept locked away for decades. These are objects that represent identity, history and immense cultural value, but rarely see the light of day. Why? Has the way of life replaced the objects that are used, or have the objects defined this cultural change?
SOS_21 Course
What is SOS_21?
SOS_21 Course
SOS_21 a free 12 week Critical Designers / Artist development programme based in London, UK for 12 participants. From 23 August 2021 - 12 November 2021.
Hosted by Bold Tendencies, the Koppel Project and the South London Gallery (SLG). With digital support from the Design Museum.
Participants will exhibt their work at a WIP show (location TBC), at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA) and at the South London Gallery (SLG).
SOS_21 Summary
SOS_21 in Short
SOS_21 is a free 12 week long critical designer and artist development programme based in London, UK, hosted by some of the country’s most loved cultural institutions. Run from 23 August - 12 November, 12 participants will develop group and individual projects based on their own politically and socially active design methodologies.
Host Venues and Partners
Hosted by the the South London Gallery (SLG), Bold Tendencies and The Koppel Project and in partnership with The Design Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA), participants will work alongside a series of public events and lectures from practitioners at the cutting edge of design and academia.
Lecture Series and Technical Workshops
The public lecture series is free for SOS participants. This years lineup includes: Prof. Keller Easterling, ASSEMBLE, Cooking Sections and Forensic Architecture. In addition, SOS_21 provides weekly technical workshops in digital media making software, including; 3D Scanning, Game Engines, Creative Coding, 3D Modelling and Animation and more.
Participant Exhibitions
All participants will then have a chance to publicise their work and research at a WIP Show (location TBC) a final exhibition at the South London Gallery (SLG) before screening at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA) as part of the COP26 fringe events.
SOS_21 All in All
This year the school will offer 12 places with full fee waiver, made possible by our sponsors and Arts Council England funding. Visited by an internationally recognised collective of academics and practitioners SOS_21 is a uniquely accessible programme for students and young practitioners looking to define or kick start their own critical practice.
Room for (Non) Negotiation
On June 14th 2001, a blue and white painted converted fishing trawler [1] registered to the Netherlands dropped anchor roughly 12 nautical miles from the port of Dublin. A ping from the ship’s GPS confirms it’s geo-location, placing it safely on the inside edge of international waters.
Strapped aboard the deck of the Aurora, the A-Portable cabin, emblazoned in purple and orange opens its doors. Inside, a fully equipped clinic and an all female staff consisting of two physicians, a nurse, trained volunteers and a host of medical equipment offer passengers a range of reproductive health services.[2]
Ranging from education and advice to non-surgical abortion services Women on Waves has changed hundreds of women’s lives in countries with restrictive abortion laws. [3] This ongoing project deployed by a consortium of lawyers, doctors, artists, writers and public health care activists operates on territorial boundaries and is the culmination of nexus expertise and detailed planning.It is a negotiation of complex needs against time at the interplay of social, political, financial, and environmental economies of space.
On the edge of downtown Seattle, 6 blocks of parkland and urban space on Capitol Hill declared itself an autonomous zone, an organised annexation of the city’s state and control apparatus, following the national George Floyd protests. In an occupation lasting 4 weeks, activists self-mobilised an ecosystem of services and supporting infrastructure toward their demands for reducing city-police funding and redistributing to community efforts, such as restorative justice and health care.
The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone did not receive state approval, it was never ratified or endorsed by authorities. The action taken by protestors had little desire for negotiation, in the same way the Women on Waves project can also be thought of as non-negotiation. Both interventions were designed specifically and precisely to circumvent structures of oppression to serve social ends. In this sense, these actions bypass the negotiation necessary for reform on a legislative level and instead chooses to act on the ground, achieving direct meaningful impact with immediacy.
The tension between a negotiation of means and the non-negotiation of ends, is where the active designer situates their practice: a coordination of systems to critical ends, that is, for social justice and counter-capital practice. The active designer is not designing a thing, but rather the means to engage, hijak, or rewire an arrangement over time. [4] In this sense, designers are neither impotent nor all powerful: they are negotiators of existing conditions in order to partially reform them. [5]
This year, School SOS explores the scope of new politically and socially active practices of both non-negotiation and negotiation; action in the present and action for the future. Successful candidates will take a topic of their choosing to explore their agency as a designer to affect progressive change through critical awareness. Encouraged to work together with partners and collaborators, the programme seeks to enable those looking for development in the arts and design through active critical design practice.
'Abortion ship' arrives in Ireland, CNN, Accessed 20.03.21 [Link]
Rosen, C. (2016) Women on Waves, Ireland, and the Abortion Ship Pilot Mission, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gomperts, R. (2002) Women on Waves: Where Next for the Abortion Boat?, Reproductive Health Matters.
Easterling, K. (2021) Medium Design: Knowing How to Work on the World, Verso
Till, J. et al (2011) Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture: Routledge
The Aurora arrives in Dublin docks, BBC News Europe Thursday, 14 June, 2001, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK.
Our Hosts & Sponsors
Bold Tendencies
Weeks 1-3
Bold Tendencies commissions visual art and architecture and produces an ambitious live events programme of music, dance and opera in its unique home in the rooftop spaces of the former Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park. Bold Tendencies has operated as a not-for-profit since it started in 2007, evolving as a successful summer programme and public space, developing new cultural projects and infrastructure, learning and audience services.
Bold Tendencies has a wide and growing audience in Southwark, London, the UK and globally, welcoming more than 2 million people over 14 summer seasons so far. With spectacular views across London, Bold Tendencies celebrates the free enjoyment of public space in the city.
Koppel Project
Weeks 4-6
The Koppel Project Campus is an experimental cross-disciplinary education programme at the Old Central St Martins Campus in Holborn. The project aims to keep learning and community at the heart of what used to be a historic arts institution, as well as to imagine a world in which education is flexible, creative, and generous. Campus is a place where practicing artists, creatives, and makers can explore, share and deepen their practices whilst taking advantage of vast communal space (including a theatre, lecture theatre, and rooftop) and the network that comes with it.
Host TBC
Weeks 7-9
South London Gallery
Weeks 10-12
The South London Gallery (SLG) was founded in the 19th century by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘bring art to the people of south London’. Today the gallery comprises its original site at 65 Peckham Road; the Fire Station which opened to the public on 22 September 2018; Art Block, a space for local children and families on Sceaux Gardens Estate and two permanent gardens.
The SLG has an international reputation for its contemporary art exhibitions by established, mid-career and younger artists and programme of film and performance events. It’s highly regarded, free education programme includes a peer-led young people's forum; family workshops; artist-led projects and commissions on local housing estates; and a BBC Children in Need-funded programme for looked after children.
Our Sponsors and Funders
Haworth Tompkins
Additional Information
Key SOS_21 Course Dates
26 April 2021
Applications open
28 May 2021
Applications close
31 May 2021
Decision to applicants
7June 2021
Interviews start
21 June 2021
Decision to interviewees
Course Dates
26 July 2021
Detailed info packed issued
23 August 2021
SOS_21 starts
9 October 2021
WIP Show
3 November 2021
Exhibition at the CCA Glasgow
12 November 2021
SOS_21 Ends
12 November 2021
Final Exhibition at SLG
A Typical Week at SOS_21
The programme has been designed for full-time attendance but recognises the precarity of working lives for young designers, and the impacts this may have on your participation. We will take each candidate's situation in consideration and are always happy to negotiate a timetable that suits your requirements. A typical day will run from 10.00 am - 6.00 pm. A typical week is as follows:
Self guided study
Technical Workshop
Self guided study / Evening Lecture
Application Process and Interviews
For shortlisted candidates we will be holding 20 minute interviews to help us better understand what you want from the programme and your ambitions for your future practice. This is a new addition to our admissions process and is to ensure that candidates are suited well to the course. There is no need to prepare. 
We will be holding our interviews via Zoom, please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements ahead of time. We will be contacting successful candidates on 31st May.
Apply Now
Deadline: 28 May