This semester, Art, Media and Technology sophomores have the unique chance to create a large-scale installation for the 2019 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, a meeting where policy-makers and industry leaders will discuss the risks and opportunities technology brings in the fight against corruption.
Asked to show the possibilities of new technologies such as block-chain, big data and artificial intelligence, in line with the theme #techfortrust, each group of two students developed three different ideas. After consulting the OECD communications team as well as the Core Studio/Lab: Spatial instructors, Mathieu Merlet-Briand and Filipe Pais, each group decided on one project to develop further and created 1:10 scale, functioning models of their installations. These were then presented to a selection of Parsons Paris instructors, technical staff and the OECD team to give constructive feedback, judge the feasibility and determine which of the projects will be installed in the OECD headquarters in Paris.
Many of the proposed installations revolve around the relationship of transparency and technology and require interaction with the audience to function; capturing the spirit of what the OECD Forum will be all about. With the students working on technical drawing and research into materials and suppliers, the OECD team will soon announce the final project to be installed at the OECD building in Paris. This does not mean that the other students will lose out on the opportunity as they will still have the chance to be featured at future OECD events!