SOS_20 was a free month-long Critical Design residency due to be hosted by some of London’s most loved cultural institutions, but host partners were reduced due to COVID-19. Run for 4 weeks in summer (from 27 July 2020 - 21 August 2020), 12 participants developed group and individual projects based on new design methodologies constructed in groups, receiving daily workshops and lectures from practitioners at the cutting edge of design and academia. The participants helped develop the four nascent design methodologies of Protest Architecture, (P)Labour Relations, Speculative Documentary & Performance Therapy.
SOS_20 was hosted by The Design Museum,The Koppel Project & Blackhorse Workshop. Working alongside a public series of events and lectures, SOS_20 participants had a chance to showcase their work and research in a final digital exhibition curated and developed by The Rodina.
Our guest lectures included; Forensic Architecture, GREENPEACE UK, Dr Sophie Lewis and Prof Nick Srnicek discussing their method, practice and recent work. SOS_20 also provided participants with contemporary skills workshops including; Photogrammetry / 3D Scanning, 3D Animation and Creative Coding. Made possible through partnerships with some of London’s best loved cultural institutions and Arts Council funding, the school offered places for free. Visited by an internationally recognised collective of academics and practitioners SOS_20 was a uniquely affordable design course.