DISOBEDIENCE

Studio INI was invited to present DISOBEDIENCE in the central courtyard exhibit of the London Design Biennale 2018 at Somerset House. The design engineers at Studio INI (London | Athens) led by Nassia Inglessis couple rigorous design research with public engagement to create experiential installations. Studio INI’s Greek Pavilion, is a 17m long kinetic wall that challenges our perception of architecture as something static, or emotionally inert.

Disobedience has been used throughout history to describe the Greek temperament. It remains a potent theme for Greece at a time when the country is in the process of reinventing itself. The question is, how can we both invite disobedience and harness its constructive form? For as long as there have been rules, there has been disobedience.

A ‘living’ sculpture; a 17 metre-long kinetic wall made from a steel spring skeleton and an innovative ‘weave’ of recycled plastic. The transformation and undulation of the wall is experienced through a direct dialogue of body and space. The structure, becomes a physical megaphone of their motion and emotion. A performance was produced by Farooq Chaudhry OBE, and choreographed and performed by Dickson Mbi. 

Choreographer & Performer - Dickson Mbi

Creative Producer - Farooq Chaudhry

Design, Engineering & Curation - Studio INI

Lead Designer & Engineer - Nassia Inglessis

Studio INI Team - Edward Brial, Manos Vordonarakis, Luke Walker, Nicole L’ Huillier, and Ageliki Yioti

Additional Collaborators - Neiheiser Argyros, Christopher Hornzee-Jones, Elliott Wood Partnership Ltd.

Architecture is typically static, but creative disobedience has the ability to break barriers, open borders, and reconstruct a space for something better.

- Nassia Inglessis, Lead Designer and Engineer of DISOBEDIENCE

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