Project developed while at Barnbrook
Cruel Designs was an exhibition surveying the role of design for social control. It was commissioned as part of Dismaland, the theme park/art exhibition organised by Banksy. Barnbrook designed the exhibition space and display graphics in collaboration with curator Gavin Grindon. The museum included items that were specifically designed to control, hurt or even kill.
The site of the exhibition, a public transport bus, was gutted and fully refitted: stark black exterior in contrast with the clinically white and claustrophobic interior.
The graphics developed for the show referenced state-produced documents and presentations. The design aimed at blurring the line between fact and fiction, prompting visitors to ask ‘is this even real?’.
Designed in collaboration with Jon Abbott