Christian Nyampeta: How to Live Together – Prototypes


Can we imagine a way of living that leaves room for changes and growth, while remaining engaged and related? At once placed and displaced?

As part of The Showroom’s Communal Knowledge programme in 2014 Christian Nyampeta addressed ideas of visiting, hosting and the implied activity and objects for this, proposing new prototypes for new conversations and behaviours.

The project, Prototypes, is an attempt to develop relationships between artists, communities and the surrounding resources through producing new tools, settings and structures. These tools and structures or Prototypes could be community notice boards, public benches, toys, sandals, notebooks, musical instruments, aprons; things of all kinds that become relevant through sustained use and dialogues.

Prototypes as a project oscillates between the roles of hosts and guests. It attempts to make sustainable visits in and to the locale and attempts to relate to local communities, groups and artisans.

As part of the exhibition Werker 10 — Community Darkroom and Christian Nyampeta – How to Live Together: Prototypes (9 July – 16 August 2014), The Showroom became an activity room, a reception room, a living room, in perpetual preparation for more things to come!

This project was commissioned as part of Communual Knowledge which is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, John Lyon’s Charity, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and The Showroom Supporters Scheme

In collaboration with Ada Court, King Solomon Academy and Westminster Adult Education Services.


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