Knowledge Barter is a model of an educational institution based on a free-market utopia
Nina Shen-Poblete’s Knowledge Barter project proposes a 100 x 100 x 100m cube for a new University of Thurrock. Located on the site of a disused rubber factory, in what was once the Bata shoe empire in East Tilbury, the scheme is the result of an obsessive inquiry into abstract linear representation.
The project emerged out of a drawing experiment in which the students produced a series of studies from an existing image, developing an abstract language of line — “to translate simple marks upon the picture plane into code relational lines”, in the words of tutor Gordon Shrigley.
Shen-Poblete took Cy Twombly’s “Cold Stream” drawing and developed a series of compositions using the binary code 1 and 0, deploying the results as a generative grid across the site.
“Inspired by the status of knowledge in the post-modern age, as described in Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, the proposed University is a hypothetical model of an educational institution based on a free market utopia, where corporations are the new knowledge patrons, and performativity, trading and competition lie at the heart of knowledge production,” writes Shen-Poblete.
Peter Carl described the project as “the best of the ironic-manic propositions, carried out with resolute consistency and rendered in an arid axonometric style befitting its inspiration from Lyotard and Cy Twombly”.
Tutor: Gordon Shrigley
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