Commissioned by the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial this installation is a glitter disaster in a fairly small room that demands its own coping mechanisms.
This relates to a research agenda that McEwen Studio has been developing on the peripheries of various design projects – an agenda toward legibility of substances that move through cities as pharmakons. The pharmakon acts as both remedy and poison. Much of the development patterns in cities around the world seem driven by pharmakon-like substances that planning and architecture ignore or treat as equivalent- narcotics, herbicides, dust particles, weird smells. sewage, etc. In parties and nightlife we encounter global others and local schizophrenias (of development, land use, cultures, class conflict, various selves, etc).