Histories and Myths of the 21st-Century Home

Leading designers and theorists imagine what the architects and designers of the 20th-century would have thought of the home today.

What to expect

What would the architects and designers of the 20th-century have thought of the home today? How might Le Corbusier have designed a smart home? Would Superstudio have created an Amazon Echo?

Join curatorial collective Haunted Machines to summon the spirits of past architects and designers to examine how new technologies and ways of living are transforming our idea of home. Through presentations, performance, film-screenings and workshops, leading designers and theorists will ask how 20th-century visions of the home have been realised, or not, in the 21st-century. Topics covered include domestic space in the age of big data; digital technologies and the haunted home; the effects of climate change and economic uncertainty on domestic living.

Histories and Myths of the 21st-Century Home is co-produced by the curatorial collective Haunted Machines (Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell), design students from the MA Interaction Design Communication programme at London College of Communication, UAL, and the Design Museum.

Booking information

Adult: £15

Student/Concession: £10

Members: £12


Haunted Machines

Haunted Machines is a curatorial and research project from Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell. They explore the cultural narratives and mythologies constructed around technology. They have produced numerous events and projects around the world including with Impakt 2017, The Serpentine and Ars Electronica.

London College of Communication, UAL

MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication, UAL delves into expanded and experimental design practices, exploring the intersection of physical and digital domains of design, through research, prototyping and provocation.

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