Chapter 2WO Public Programme
Shock Forest Group (2019) is an international research team consisting of architects, cartographers, linguists, coders, urban planners, sound makers, biologists, designers and engineers. It is an experiment in open research, where the research categories surface as the research develops. It is also an experiment in alternative education, a classroom without a teacher, where learning emerges as a product of polyphony.
These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than aheadAnna Tsing
Sheryn Akiki (LB, 1993) is an artist and fashion designer originally from Beirut. She moved to London in 2010, where she completed a BA and MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. There, her work quickly moved beyond the fashion category, working across various mediums and disciplines to create collections that reflect on feminism, war and her youth spent in Beirut. In 2019, she received the L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award for her collection in which “skirt suits seemingly shape-shifted down the catwalk, handbags threatened to spill contents and dresses threatened to split.” (I-D) Sheryn says her clothes are for “women on the run”, for “a lady gone wrong, improperly going about her daily doings”. “As a maker, I’m able to follow my intuition and work within contexts that have no particular end goal or borders. I like to think of the act of making as a holistic and impulsive approach, where everything is possible and no stone will be left unturned in the process.”