Shubbak 2019: Geographical Child's Play

For 2019 Shubbak has commissioned a number of mobile installations for different locations across London.

Bricklab, the designers of the first Saudi pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale create a new pop-up sculpture especially for Shubbak. 22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities. No unit can stand on its own, but has to be grafted onto others.

Geographical Child’s Play conjures up poignant and surprising alignments and dependencies. Stretching nearly 10m as a line or barely 3m as a circle, Geographical Child’s Play is Bricklab’s most public and engaging sculpture so far. The bright colours and low level hint at nursery furniture or playground equipment. It is an invitation to imagine geopolitics through the lens of play and a deliberately naïve hope.

Established in Jeddah in 2015 by Abdulrahman Hisham Gazzaz and Turki Hisham Gazzaz Bricklab quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic current design practices in Saudi Arabia. Their work has been show at 21,39 Saudi Art Week, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018 they took part in the British Council and V&A International Designers Workshop.

Bricklab is dedicated to the examination of the design discipline as it intersects with the social, political, economic, and cultural networks that implicitly form our built environment. By constantly focusing design on user/s experience, those significant intersections begin to reveal the role of design in our broader cultural development.

At Bricklab, ‘site’, ‘object’, and ‘users’ are understood as dynamic elements that shape our physical world, we may begin to fill the gaps between graphics, product design, interiors, and architecture and understand these different disciplines as articulations of human thoughts and desires. Bricklab’s diverse background in architecture, planning, and history/theory frames the company’s attitude towards practice.

Geographical Child’s Play will travel to different locations across the festival period. On Saturday 29 June at Art at the Lake, Milton Keynes; Sunday 30 June at the British Library Piazza and Sunday 7th July at the British Museum.

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