Consuming the Exotic

Review of ‘Consuming the Exotic’, an architecture exhibition by students of Oxford Brookes University.

The Oxford Culture Review

ⓒ Jennifer Jammaers ⓒ Jennifer Jammaers

Consuming the Exotic, a design exhibition by postgraduate architecture students at Oxford Brookes University, is currently running at the Old Fire Station. Focused upon visits to Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey, the artwork addresses themes of authenticity, cultural value, and ritual. Central to the exhibition is a focus upon carpet-making as a fundamental aspect of Turkish culture; half of the exhibition comprises the students’ visions for how this industry, and the associated ideas of cultural value, will change in the future. The perspective for this project was inspired in part by the cult science-fiction novel Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, using a projection of the future as a means of socio-political analysis and commentary. The socio-political focus of Consuming the Exotic is the environmental consequences of the booming tourist industry, not only in terms of quantifiable differences such as air pollution from increased air…

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