STUDIÕ WÊ & ÜS
is founded by kat braybrooke and sophie huckfield, and works with public institutions and communities globally to foster social & ecological justice1 through creative, collective participation.
the projects we take on explore the possibilities of a world that prioritises care, inclusion and well-being. our conceptual framing is derived from tradition of commoning, or the act of living in close interconnection with our world’s commons - collectively maintained resources, practices, and ideas shared by a variety of beings across virtual and physical spaces. our approaches to this are diverse and hands-on - from speculative design and critical making, to ethnographic research and curated experiences.
our recent interventions have included the following:
- decolonising & culturejamming cultural collections;
- designing digital experiences for neurodiverse worlds;
- re-imagining the possibilities of public spaces;
- challenging assumptions of unlimited technological progress;
- exploring sustainable & care-full futures;
- fighting covid-19 isolation with museum producers;
- supporting practitioners adapting to digital environments.
for updates and invitations, we invite you to join our mailing list, say hi on twitter or send us an old-fashioned email.
let’s evolve from a society of 'me' to one of us. ✊
1. our approach applies an intersectional framework to development that emphasises equity, access and diversity, acknowledges systemic inequalities and exclusions, and honours the interconnectedness of all beings. The UN SDGs are a core reference.
CLIENTS & COLLABORATORS
birkbeck university of london, UK
british council, UK & CN
british museum, UK
care-full design lab, RMIT, AU
craft council, UK
BC council for intl cooperation, CA
design museum, UK
humboldt-universität zu berlin, DE
king’s college london, UK
london college of fashion, UAL, UK
loughborough university, UK
maker circle 创客圈, CN
modern clay, UK
mozilla foundation, global
museum of vancouver, CA
simon fraser university, CA
university of birmingham, UK
university of sussex, UK
vancouver public library, CA
virtual futures, UK
victoria & albert museum (V&A), UK
wellcome trust, UK
our associate model is a platform for elective interdependency with some of the most talented humans we know, inspired by the symbiosis of lichens2 with fungi & algae - trusted others working together in networked, collaborative, and interdisciplinary ways. associates exchange creative labour through evolving relations and connections, a lot like a rhizome - an "assemblage acting on semiotic, material and social flows" (deleuze & guattari 1988:23).
2. "symbiosis in lichens is the mutually helpful symbiotic relationship of green algae and/or blue-green algae living among filaments of a fungus, forming lichen." - Wikipedia