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Lessons on Living - The Common Room, Emma Smith

The Common Room



A signed single screen print entitled 'The Common Room' by the artist Emma Smith.

Lessons on Living provides a series of instructions developed as part of a series of practical evening classes investigating routines and behaviours within shared spaces. These instructions focus on three main domestic spaces titled The Kitchen, The Laundry and The Common Room. Produced as a series of 3, the prints can be bought either individually or as a collection. The series have been produced as a limited edition of 10 A3 screen prints on GF Smith Marlmarque paper.


Detailed Description

Lessons on Living was one of the outcomes of Public Domestic, an extended residency undertaken by Emma Smith, exploring the domestic environments of university life as spaces of exchange and knowledge production. The project was commissioned by Radar, LUA and developed in collaboration with academics from Social Sciences and the Design School.

Text Reads:

  The Common Room does not need a common purpose. (1)
(2) The Common Room can be occupied add adapted for difference purposes on a temporary basis.  
  The common room should be hosted by those who occupy it. (3)
(4) People wishing to become hosts should agree a rota amongst themselves.  
  Each host can do with the space what ever they wish. (5)
(6) The common Room should be accessible to all.  
  It should be possible to make the common room cozy. (7)
(8) Furniture in the common room should be multi purpose.  
  Tea and coffee should be provided. (9)
(10)  Art should be commissioned toat relates to the residences to which the common room belongs.  


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