Dangerous Diaries

Dangerous Diaries

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An interview about the processes involved in my ‘Urban Alchemy’ work and a sample zinc plate will be part of this great exhibition in UCL’s Octagon gallery.  Dangerous Diaries: Exploring Risks and Rewards in FabricationIn a relatively risk-averse society, the dangers associated with fabrication can make it intimidating and inaccessible for many. Yet we all make something, whether the end product is soap, soup, a well-honed journal article or a 10ft resin sculpture. The concept of risk in fabrication refers to the likelihood of harm to health or environment weighed against its magnitude and the overarching benefit of production. Yet how do we decipher the perils of this production, and how have perceptions of risk changed over time? In conversation with artefacts from UCL Collections and a series of diaries kept by making enthusiasts, this exhibition reflects on different levels of engagement with fabrication, as well as the various ways in which people have historically and cross-culturally evaluated the risks and benefits of hands-on encounters with materials.
The aim of this exhibition is to reflect on our understanding of risk in terms of context and mitigation, and to illustrate the balance that is often struck to ensure broader societal benefits and rewards.

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