Aberrant Architecture – ‘Peeping Tom’

Aberrant Architecture pose the question: ‘What happens when a community nurtures the darker sides of life, society and design?’ at the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale. The explorative installation manifests as “Peeping Tom” an abstract form of a traditional Korean housing block, home to the murky undertones of society. By peeping through windows, the audience sees uncomfortable topics explored and communicated in a playful manner.

Behind one such window sits a new version of Hwatu, the traditional Korean card game produced to highlight the treatment of migrant workers in Ansan. Through another, hangs an origami T-shirt installation showcasing the prevalence of identity theft. Where an RRN number [13 digit online ID number] belonging to a particular resident is displayed on the front of each T-shirt. The back depicts the various ways that unscrupulous online hackers can misappropriate that RRN number for fraudulent gain.

The 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale is curated by Seung H-Sang and Ai Weiwei. “Peeping Tom‟ is a part of the Communities section co-curated by Beatrice Galilee and Helen Choi. This years title “Design is Design is not Design” presents 130 designers and studios from 44 countries, including well known names in the industry such as Dominique Perrault, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Bruce Mau Design, Rei Kawakubo and Peter Eisenman.

Words by Gem Barton

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