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Portal Tables: connecting multiscalar communities

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  • The Decorators

18th November to 5th February

Location: Stanley Picker Gallery

Onsite at the Stanley Picker Gallery 18 November 2021 - 5 February 2022

For their new Stanley Picker Fellowship commission Portal Tables, The Decorators take the idea of commensality – the social practice of eating together – and extend it beyond the human to include microbial communities. Portal Tables is a set of three polyurethane inflatable furniture pieces that encourage affect between microbial and human communities, and comments upon the contemporary obsession with microbial life, probiotics and wellbeing, and speculates on the possible relations and social encounters – political, tender, economic, friendly – across bodies and species.

The Decorators is an interdisciplinary design collective founded by Suzanne O’Connell, Carolina Caicedo, Xavier Llarch Font and Mariana Pestana in 2011, and appointed to the Stanley Picker Fellowships at Kingston University in 2018. With backgrounds in landscape architecture, design, curation and psychology, they work on spatial design projects that aim to reconnect the physical elements of a place with its social dimension and expand notions of community. 

Portal Tables was launched online in May 2021 with the video-essay Portal Tables: Connecting Multiscalar Communities. A preview of the project was displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum for London Design Festival (18-26 September 2021) with the furniture piece Sofa-Bread, before the project receives its full premiere at the Stanley Picker Gallery in November 2021.

Closed 20 Dec – 5 Jan (inclusive). 

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Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is a public venue dedicated to the commissioning, production and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture.

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