The Utopian Kindness Project (Dymaxion Village) at SFMOMA

SFMOMA invited me to create an installation experience inspired by Buckminster Fuller.

SFMOMA invited me to create an installation in conjunction with their exhibition The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area.

Having always admired Fuller’s work, I jumped at the chance to honor his creative legacy. In preparation for the project, I studied Fuller’s work as well as the museum’s demographics for Free Family Day, the day the piece was to be installed.

After creating some initial prototypes and consulting with museum staff, we decided on The Utopian Kindness Project (Dymaxion Village), a geodesic dome situated in the museum’s atrium, in which participants would swear an oath to live by Fullerian virtues, and to enact them in the museum space.  After experiencing the museum’s exhibits, participants returned to the dome to report back on their utopian deeds, and recorded them in an archive for future generations.

While this project was designed to be accommodating to very young children and their families, there was a significant number of adult participants. Over the course of one day, over 200 Utopian Citizens swore an oath to “share the message of utopian kindness to every animal, vegetable, and mineral on this spaceship called Earth.”