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Oblique Contributions: Future Front

Oblique Contributions: Future Front

‘Oblique Contributions: Future Front’ considers how the confluence of collective intelligence harnessed from academy, practice, industry and community can contribute obliquely to progress ideas, prototypes, and engagement paradigms to benefit our cities, culture and society. This exhibition surfaces a future front where collaborative compositions that fuse university, community and/or industry knowledge explore a new wave of design-thinking; cultivating a design culture rooted in speculative university research whilst grounded within real-world agendas. It considers architecture beyond the physical manifestation of form and aesthetics and considers approaches that are not only concerned about the building of architecture but the act of thinking through architecture.

This exhibition features five interviews from selected emerging practitioners that includes; Millie Cattlin (These Are The Projects We Do Together, Gwyllim Jahn (Fologram), Ian Nazareth (Traffic Collective), Yvonne Meng (Circle Studio Architects) and Ben Waters (OSK Architects and SIII Projects), that engage in alternative approaches that are less concerned with understanding but that instead, prioritise the role and value of experimentation, speculation and engagement in universities to stimulate design discourse to generate and envision possible alternate realities with community and industry. The exhibition surfaces an emerging cultural and pedagogical landscape that sees academia and society work together for the future of our cities and the progression of design cultures.

This exhibition is curated and organised by Vei Tan and Patrick Macasaet, directors of Superscale.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Melbourne Design Week is Australia’s leading international design event. It is a unique opportunity for our design community to come together, to present new work, debate ideas, and reveal some of the ways that design is shaping the world around us. In 2020, Melbourne Design Week presents its largest program to date with more than 300+ talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops that explore how design can shape life.

View the full program at

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