Maxwell Mutanda is a pluridisciplinary researcher, designer and visual artist whose data visualisation and architectural practice investigates the role of globalisation, climate and technology within the built environment. He is a co-founder of Studio [D] Tale, a multidisciplinary design research firm.His achievements include the 2018 AFRICA’SOUT! Artist-in-Residence at Denniston Hill, New York; a 2020 Graham Foundation Grant to Individuals; as well as fellowships from The New Museum’s IdeasCity New Orleans; and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2020). Maxwell studied Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London and is the 2020 MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholarship awardee at the University of Oxford. His work has been featured at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture, Bordeaux; the 2014 and 2016 Venice Architecture Biennales; the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial; the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019.
Rapid Response Project
Mutanda’s Rapid Response project seeks to develop augmented (digital and physical) research methodologies that shift or adjust to accommodate the new and undiscovered. By researching the covalence between the “Right to the City” and accessible digital space through investigating technology’s impact on the spatial injustice of digital platform workers in the Global South, particularly motorcycle couriers, the project develops a humanist space for imagination. Using software to script conditional statements relating to the real or imagined spatialities of dark kitchens, motorcycles, streetscapes and domestic space, it will explore indeterminacy and multiplicity.