LAURA ROBERTSON
 

We who are least demanding

White City Place, London, 2018

Twelve shipping crates, spay paint.

Work made for [] White [City] Cube [], an exhibition curated by Mina Song for the inaugural Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation. By applying ‘adversarial design theory’ the event examined space and exhibition making as a way of ‘actual production of space’, intervening with notions of ‘the public’ and ‘space’.

Twelve shipping crates were positioned along the main access point to White City Place, asking the audience how they would react to a slight change to their everyday path. The work was designed to be moveable should the audience feel provoked, whilst awkward and heavy enough to not make moving them easy. The crates all had ‘WE WHO ARE LEAST DEMANDING’ painted across one corner and were the right proportion for a person to be crouching inside. They formed a sort of collective that interjects both the physicality of the space and it’s social or cultural dynamics.







Curator Mina Song:

‘In a subtle but firm way, the work takes a controversial position to lure engagement, dialogue, disagreement or confrontation from the audience.

The crates were shoved, pushed around, knocked over and written on. This was all part of Laura’s work, and as such she instructed me to not be too fussy about it. I would right the boxes but not in a way that was mandatory. Therefore, I would sometimes put back the crates and sometimes leave them to be. However, a silent dialogue was quickly established between the curator and the audience (or different members of the public), where they would make a statement with rearranging the boxes and I would put them back as the creator intended. It felt like I was actually talking to someone, which escalated into written messages on the crates on the last day.’