Elephant West's Welcome Home, A Speculation on Living Spaces explores the shifting definitions of one of our most intimate environments – the home – in the context of our increasingly digital world. Artists and designers will envision future domestic spaces and create a series of immersive rooms which play on the idea of the home as a space for healing.
Many of these rooms are designed to shelter its intended inhabitants from the physical and emotional effects of digital deluge. New Zealand artist David Rickard's installation, The Bedroom, engages with ideas of privacy in an age of surveillance and data theft as a luxury boudoir decorated with copper furnishings designed to block microwaves.
Followers of the salt lamp craze will be eager to steal a few minutes of calm in The Halotherapy Room where multi-sensory design wizards Bompas and Parr pay homage to the physical and mental benefits of salt vapour by creating a crystalline architectural interior and a rococo salt cave.
But it's not just one big walk through a futuristic wellness spa – Irish visual artist Aideen Barry ventures into the nightmarish side of domesticity in the digital world. Her film and video installation Not to be Known exposes the media-generated pressure on women to be both ideal home-maker and career woman. The artist casts herself as a character overrun with household chores wearing a Medusa-like crown of vacuum cleaner hoses which help her cook, clean, iron, and scroll on her smartphone.
Whilst we might not all vacating our apartments to become salt cave dwellers anytime soon, the exhibition certainly promises some interesting takes on the modern sanctuary as well as shedding light on the developing intersections between design and wellness. Go along for a digital detox, or conversely, for some seriously Instagrammable snaps.
|What||Welcome Home, Elephant West|
|Where||Elephant West, 62 Wood Lane, London , W12 7RH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||White City (underground)|
06 Sep 19 – 06 Oct 19, Tuesday – Sunday, 12AM – 6PM
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