Multimedia installation and open source website

L1 Transportable Lecterns are open source, cardboard, flat-pack lecterns providing a cheap and recyclable method of public address to those who might desire it. Adopting the aesthetic, rhetoric and packaging design of global distribution companies, the near-platonic form of the lectern acts as an enduring symbol of public address, associated with the birth of western democracy. Here however, it is contextualised within contemporary conditions of production and consumption. Whilst the tools may be democratised, the environment in which they have been created and are used might undermine their emancipatory potential. The display of the work seeks to provoke discussion regarding this double bind, with the possibility for interaction with the lecterns hoping to transform the passive viewer into an active user. The audience are able to assemble and use the work, their participation altering its meaning and application.


Exhibitied at Show 2017, Royal College of Art