An Interactive Design Exhibit
Students of SVA’s MFA in Products of Design present TRIAGE, an interactive exhibition that reframes contemporary urgencies through the lens of design. The work will debut at Wanted Design Manhattan, and is part of the city-wide NYCxDesign celebration.
Experience Design, Industrial Design, Exhibition Design
Conceptualization of The News Room, Overall Fabrication
We live in uncertain times, faced with a political climate where institutions that offer solutions to complex challenges are under threat, systematically undermined, and dismantled. "Triage”—from the French trier, meaning “to sort”—first entered the English lexicon during World War I and was used to describe how field medics categorized and prioritized the wounded. Today, we re-employ the term to investigate how design can contextualize our current threats, and how decisions can be made by uncovering belief systems and prioritizing actions.
TRIAGE consists of six roving design interactions that assess the socio-political priorities of visitors to the design festival. At the start of the exhibition, visitors receive a TRIAGE CARD that tracks and gradually compiles their unique profile.
THE NEWS ROOM
In News Room, guests arrange a kaleidoscope of media logos inside of an immersive hall of mirrors. This represents their literal ‘media echo chamber’—a physical manifestation of the way their media habits form their thoughts, perspectives, and opinions. As they create their echo chamber, they are confronted with journalistic criticism of their favorite news organizations, calling into question the values, motives, perspective, and agenda of the sources they trust. Placing their phone atop the installation, they emerge with a new kind of selfie to post on social media.