The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink the politics of health in a broader sense. The design research has centred the biopolitical philosophy studied by both Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. The latter mentions ‘naked life’, in which survival becomes the only human raison d’ être, and the state of exception becomes the new normal. Referencing George Orwell’s 1984, the author has envisioned the four ministries, which embodied the post-pandemic landscape and its social ideology. By reinterpreting the COVID-19 signs, the author has produced a set of graphical patterns employed in the spatial design. Through the four ministries, the project has speculated an alternative reality, in which people sacrifice individual freedom to public health, and consequently live in a permanent state of fear and insecurity.
2019 - 2020
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
Since the coronavirus pandemic, people have become concerned about the politics of health. (Panagiotis 2020) Philosophical concepts that sounded remote or old-fashioned, such as Bio-politics and ‘naked life’, have leapt from the book and have now become visible and tangible in our daily life. As stated by Harrison, there may never be a vaccine for the coronavirus. (Metro, 2020) This paper, centralising the theory of biopolitics, has explored the meaning of it in the post-pandemic landscape, a speculative future in which the value of individual freedom becomes redundant; public health is hugely prioritised.
The concept has combined the visual elements collected amid the pandemic and brought about particular columns, screens, doors, and so on architectural properties. They are employed throughout the design for the spaces after the pandemic and serve as the symbolic reminder of government policies on COVID-19 within the interior space.
I have studied the shelters in World War second, including their shapes, materials, construction and mechanism. The Shelter & Restaurant has adopted shapes and geometries from such shelters and iconic buildings nearby, as a fragmented monument reflecting the image of the original cityscape when destroyed.
The two systems: Recycling the Dead and Recleaning Water, are designed to provide the building with the necessary energies. However, If the survivors employ the same political or moral standard, it is likely they will wipe out themselves with another war. It draws a more profound and unanswered question both for them and for us: How to end conflicts?
SHADWELL PROJECT I