Statement from Collective

Folding Social is an exhibition that was curated, designed and maintained by RMIT Master of Communication Design students. This exhibition has evolved and morphed through many stages across two cohorts as we worked to present the book ‘100 Finnish Social Innovations’ as an exhibition for an Australian audience. The exhibition highlights Finland’s history of progressive ideology, through a showcase of innovations taken directly from the book. To effectively bring innovations that are commonplace in Finland to the Australian community required distinguishing the most locally relevant concepts and creating cardboard works that had recognisable meaning.

As we began deciphering the report presented by our preceding cohort, we encountered the distinct challenges that long-term collaboration carries, in communicating both detailed ideas and broad concepts. Our peers from the first semester had designed the preliminary exhibit concepts, public offering, and various media outputs, which then needed refinement and rigorous feasibility assessments. We worked in five distinct departments titled Project Management & Branding, Print, Installation, Digital, and Public Programs. Each responsible for a different aspect of the exhibition, the groups worked to a master timeline and budget to deliver their concepts.

In its final form, this exhibition not only showcases the fascinating ‘100 Finnish Social Innovations’ book, but also speaks quietly of the communication, compromise and collaboration that every student undertook.

Student Credits

Ajay Karthik Kasinaathan, Amaani Muhuseen, Bhavyaa Kumar, Chen (Rita) Sang, Courtney Bree, Cuiwen (Nina) Xu, Dongxiao (Meky) Chen, Eunice Yuen, Haoran Xu, Hiu Tung (Michelle) Chu, Hongjiu (Hugo) Wang, Madelaine Thomas, Mathilda Walley, Peiqi Yang, Shengjie Tong, Shiwen Quan, Siqing (Spencer) Gong, Skyla Harris, Sunrui Zhang, Ting Li (Lily) Chiang, Wenhao (Haylee) Zheng, Wipawan (Peach) Witayathawornwong, Xiaojing Zhang, Xiaoling (Dawn) Liu, Xiaoxuan Chen, Xinwei Du, Xinyuan (Caesar) Li, Xuxin Wang, Yilun (Darilll) Hu, Yu Liu, Zihan (Nora) Gu, Ziqi (Zoe) Ye

Arthur Ravenel, Bozho Zhang, Chenyang Peng, Congshan Ma, Daniel Rigby, Eleanor Morgan, Hao Lin, Jiaqi Fan, Ruihan Li, Ruoyi Wang, Shangbei Xu, Shuai Shao, Shuo Chen, Shuwei Ren, Si Thu Aung, Tanvi Desai, Wanqi Zhou, Xianzhe Hou, Xiaohan Lu, Yizhi Wei, Yue Yang, Zhaoqi Zhang, Zhen Xiong, Ziye Huang

Volunteer Support

J.J Jin, Natasya N. Rustam, Girivarshan Balasubramanian


Chris Mether


Dr. Fayen Ke-Xiao d'Evie


Dr. Noel Waite

Programme Manager

Erik North

First Site Gallery Staff

Sarah Werkmeister

First Site Gallery Staff

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Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the ‘Folding Social’ exhibition has been curated, designed, and maintained. We acknowledge the art-making, play and creativity that the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people have fostered on these lands. We acknowledge that sovereignty never ceded and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

©MCD at RMIT University