Ab Rogers Design: A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones. Opens at the Stanley Picker Gallery from the 24 March!
Where: Stanley Picker Gallery
What: Ab Rogers Design A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones
When: 24 March – 21 May 2011 (Gallery closed 22-30 April)
Exhibition Launch Wednesday 23 March 6-8.30pm
“My name is Ernesto Bones and I write to you with an important request. I have a very serious problem that only you can help fix. You see, though I am writing to you now, I do not yet truly exist…”
So began the letter sent by Ab Rogers Design (ARD) to 24 different creative protagonists from a range of disciplines, asking each to contribute a short narrative which would combine to bring Ernesto Bones to life.
In a unique game of ‘Consequences’, each of the invited contributors provided up to 400 words of text describing one hour of Ernesto Bones’s existence. As the project unfolded, a continuous narrative emerged. The character, and the process by which he came about, is presented in ARD’s new Stanley Picker Fellowship exhibition.
A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones includes 24 written contributions, in sequential order, from: Sara Fanelli; Heston Blumenthal; Tom Scott; Monica Narula; Jane Nisselson; Ben Kelly; Deyan Sudjic; Michael Elias; David Tanguy; Adrian Searle; Charlotte Cullinan; Miranda Carter; Shelley Fox; Lesley Bunch; Fergus Henderson; Helena Reckitt; Jane Withers; Simon Ofield-Kerr; Aric Chen; Daniel Hunt; Susan Cohn; Andrea Branzi; Michael Connor and John Hegarty..
ARD’s idea for the Fellowship was inspired by the rules of ‘Exquisite Corpse’, a Surrealist game in which a series of collaborators adds in turn to a drawing or story, so that an unexpected composition emerges from the many continuous fragments. For the tale of Ernesto Bones, each contributor was asked to write a short text describing one hour in a 24 hour period. Each received the last two lines of the previous hour’s text and an image of an object representing one of Bones’s possessions. The objects were selected from the extraordinary collection of vintage domestic items and design pieces at the Stanley Picker House in Kingston upon Thames.
As Ab Rogers explains, ‘Storytelling has always been central to my practice – in many ways it is the creative starting point to all of my studio’s work. We use stories as a tool to communicate our ideas to each other, to our clients and to the end user. For this Fellowship we wanted to take this concept further – not merely to tell a story about our design for the project, but to make the story the design itself.’
For the exhibition, ARD has adapted the 24 written accounts into a narrative installation comprising object-scenarios, rhythmic narrative sequences and vibrant storyboards. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with students from Kingston University’s MA Curating Contemporary Design and BA Interior Design courses.
Ab Rogers Design, an established London design studio, has worked with major institutions including the National Museum of Science and Industry, Tate Modern and the Design Museum in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Caixa Forum in Barcelona and Madrid. Current projects include a permanent exhibition for the Science Museum, London, and temporary exhibitions at Tate Modern.