UNS Talks with Mariana Pestana and Rory Hyde, Curators of Architecture @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Who exactly is designing our future? And what do they want to do with it?
The Future Starts Here, is a blockbuster exhibition currently on show at the V&A Museum in London, exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. Design is, of course, always about the future. Curators Rory Hyde and Mariana Pestana will discuss the key technologies appearing on the horizon and how they could impact our lives. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.
Mariana Pestana is a London based, Portuguese architect and curator. She co-founded the collective The Decorators, with whom she developed spatial interventions and performative situations in the public realm, with the aim to test alternative futures for specific places and people. She lectured spatial design at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts, and Design Interactions at the Royal College of Arts. Mariana recently curated the exhibition The Real and Other Fictions for Close, Closer, Lisbon Architecture Triennale and This Time Tomorrow for the V&A at the World Economic Forum. She currently works as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is developing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, about the ways in which spatial design can enact alternative possible worlds and induce social change.
Rory Hyde is Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne; and a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. He studied architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne, where he also completed his PhD on the impact of new technology on small architectural practice. He has worked as a designer for various architecture practices and institutions in Australia and abroad, including ARM, BKK, MVRDV, Volume, Mediamatic and the NAi. His writing on architecture and the future of design practice has been featured in various newspapers and journals including The Economist, The Guardian, Harvard Design Magaine, Domus, and Blueprint.