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Toilet Stories

RMIT Interior Design

23-24 May 20243:00pm to 8:00pm

Toilet Stories is an exhibition about toilet interiors. Toilet Stories is a student-based interior design project and global design pedagogy collaboration between RMIT University, University of the Arts London, and Toronto Metropolitan University. Toilets are often profoundly intimate spaces, instrumental in how we present to the world, they are as much facilitators of subjectivity and self-expression as our closets. Yet, their interior planning often expresses heterosexist binary ideologies that conflict how we may typically understand our subjectivity and its production. Interior design students from all three universities explored toilet interiors in relation to public space, culture, sexuality, and politics. Students developed tactics in narrative, decoration and subversion to explore ways of queering interior designing of toilets. The project aims to generate an expansive conversation on this interior typology by addressing contemporary issues around gender, sexuality, utility, cleanliness, and class within the discipline of interior design. This exhibition showcases projects from interior design students from three cities – Melbourne, London and Toronto – with varying conditions and concerns about public toilets. The collection will journey to the three cities as part of the Design Week festival program in each city across 2024.

Exhibition open to the public:
Thursday 23 May 3 – 8 pm
Friday 24 May 3 – 5 pm

Thursday 23 May: Opening Night Event 6 – 8 pm
Friday 24 May: Student Floor Talk 4 – 5 pm

Participants:
Nick Rebstadt, Educator & Curator
RMIT + TMU + UAL

RMIT Students:
Ashleigh Thompson
Daisy Nicholls
Declan Schipper
Emily Shoesmith
Francesca Charlwood
Gaea Balano
Gianna Ritch
Harrison McTavish
Joshua Douglas
Linlu He
Malka Yota
Zahra Ahmadi

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