Headington School


Expanding Space

Charlotte Kingsnorth
Will Yates-Johnson

This workshop sets out the challenge of constructing the biggest possible space from the smallest package of material. Using very thin mirrored plastic sheeting (commonly called a space blanket), employed by NASA and marathon runners for heat retention, the students investigate what space might mean, as well as how to create a lot of it from very little. The workshop starts out with a simple exercise in pairs, asking the students to create a large cube with a hole in one side. Taken outdoors, wind fills the cube so that when the pair crawls in and closes the hole, hey presto, space is formed. In the afternoon, the students find locations to inhabit in and around the school. The workshop ends with each pair performing a magic trick: transforming their small, lifeless bundle of membrane into a large and exciting space to explore and discuss.

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