Hybrid was a linchpin exhibition of Sydney Design Week 2020, as a result of COVID-19, the Powerhouse was unable to proceed with Sydney Design Week, however the exhibition has gone ahead.
In February 2020, in the wake of one of the largest bushfire seasons in Australia’s history and as populations around the world were confined to their homes, the Powerhouse commissioned nine design studios to create objects for future homes. The Hybrid exhibition offers an insight into our domestic futures and challenges established design methodologies with a cross-disciplinary, hybrid approach.
The Hybrid brief was a unique opportunity for students from UNSW Bachelor of Design - Core Design Studio 3 to collaborate and develop design proposals for future homes. These proposals may be considered prototypes which could lead to eventual production. Or they might be conceived as speculative pieces to stimulate reflection and inspire dialogue on the conditions of domestic life in the near future.
In either case, students were tasked with interrogating the contemporary urban condition and to respond to a clearly defined problem. Conditions to be considered included: increased density; poor air quality; rising temperatures; fossil fuel reliance; multi-generational households; reduced tactility in the digital age; bad news fatigue. Consideration of climate change (and potential responses) should inform the concept and delivery of artefacts for domestic environments. The ‘future’ under consideration is a decade hence: the year 2030. That is, a near-future within view from technological, anthropological and scientific perspectives.
See below for the project's 10 individual and 3 Studio Collective finalists selected by Stephen Todd - Creative Director Sydney Design Week 2020, and Keinton Butler - Senior Curator Museum Applied Arts and Sciences.
Visit the Hybrid exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from 12 September 2020 – 28 February 2021.