Rakesh Ramchurn reviews Central Saint Martins’ end of year show
Students were asked to imagine how today’s economic, demographic and cultural trends would shape the south London borough of Peckham in 2025. As last year, the brief encouraged extreme scenarios at the mercy of environmental problems, refugee crises, conflict and existential angst. While some students made the ubiquitous ‘cultural centre’ the cure, others were more imaginative.
Standout unit Standout projects saw Peckham becoming a kind of autonomous state. Jordan Cottage’s ‘Peckham Parliament’ envisaged an agricultural revolution where locals grow and exchange crops, while Tom Coxon predicted a capitalist takeover, which would see currency replaced by a hub for trading and pawning. Others saw Peckham as a sanctuary, such as Lucinda Finlay’s refuge for single mothers and Christian Taki’s ‘Nigerian Cultural and Religious Centre for Nigerian Christians’ fleeing persecution from a future civil war.
Standout student Fahad Alsaud concocted a vision of Islamic extremists establishing an Islamic caliphate centred on Peckham, which would become a sharia-controlled zone. While the extremists would be defeated by an alliance of the government, English Defence League and Islamic League of Nations, his design provided a secular response to accommodate Muslim communities.
In a word Dramatic
Rakesh Ramchurn, AJ editorial assistant