A short film responding to the student and faculty experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting the school's first ever online end-of-year show.
In September 2020, the Bartlett Summer Show moved entirely online for the first time in the history of the school in response to measures preventing the spread of Covid-19. This two-minute trailer was commissioned to tease the site shortly ahead of release, and cue the launch.
The opening of the Summer Show as a physical exhibition has traditionally been a momentous occasion, where the energy that has come to a peak with the completion of the academic year can be released with a bang. Yet 2020 was marked by anticlimax, and exhaustion from months of solitary remote working, the trailer needed to reflect a longing for typical student life, the faculty, and the city, while providing a sense of closure and collective effort.
The Gordon Street façade of the school has held a window display stacked with student work for every show since the building's refurbishment in 2016, and has become the public face of the Summer exhibition. Here, the glass wall is softened into a curtain and functions as a threshold between the real and the digital, grounding the online exhibition and linking it to a shared experience of the school.