Playful improvisation on the cards in Exeter as Paper Cooperative takes over Spacex

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 August 2011
A photo of paper sheets stuck to a wall
Exhibition: The Paper Cooperative, Spacex, Exeter, until September 3 2011

London design collective Household specialise in improbable installation adventures where mini-houses and mountains stand or jut across galleries, crafted from masses of paper. Set up in 2008 by Royal College of Art prodigies George Wu and Sarah Gottlieb, they’ve spent two months making Paper Labour at Spacex, with the aim of highlighting the overlooked role of paper in everyday life.

They do this with an envelope, a book and a paper bag, each acting as a large-scale interactive sculpture you can venture inside. There’s also a handy museum full of paper objects they’ve collected, extending an open invite to visitors to contribute their own additions.

Elsewhere in a show with a strong participatory ethic, a collection of artists’ books serve to explore techniques used in book-making today, accompanied by signage and artworks enticing fans to get stuck in. Best of all, daily workshops will invite everyone to try activities under the watchful eye of artists and designers, adopting a DIY approach and fuelled by a temporary café.

  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission free.
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