MA DEP students exhibit work in Transfocality Open Studios evening

On 28 March, MA Design: Expanded Practice students held an Open Studios evening to exhibit their work this term on four Transfocality projects. The briefs were as follows:

Things We Don’t Need to Know

This brief asked students to engage with the potential value of not knowing things. They were required to make things with, around or for hidden elements within society and culture, without exposing the secrets themselves. The aim was not to deny the negative or harmful effects of secrecy, but to look for areas where secret or hidden knowledge can generate positive or playful engagements.

DIY Digital Devices

This project was about imagining technological futures that are open, transparent and empowering. It built on ideas about ‘open source’ design, in which allowing people to make and modify their own technologies is touted as a means to revive democracy with citizens who are informed and actively engaged in creating their technological futures. The brief was run by the Interaction Research Studio and asked students to work in teams of four to design DIY digital devices or services that people can make and modify themselves.


This brief asked students to define their own concept of interlude and developing this into a making process. It explored poetic ways of making through an attention to duration (as a temporal dimension) and position (as a spatial dimension) of the interlude. This is where gaps, diversions, rhythms, imperfections, atmospheres come into focus to investigate our understandings of interlude and how this may be designed into making processes.


Care has recently become a focus of increased public concern, political debate and research in the UK, Europe and the US, and there seems to to be a crisis of care in areas such as healthcare, in social care, migration and the environment. This brief asked students to work through what care might mean in relation to design. Can we unpick, rethink, rebuild, redefine what is meant by understandings and practices of care through our work as designers? Can we imagine new ways of practicing design by examining the role of repair, maintenance, tinkering, growing and mending? Can we craft affective engagement, and attend to the ethics that arise?


Film by BA Design student selected for Venice Biennale

A film made by third year BA Design student Kate Mason was selected to be shown as part of the group exhibition “ALIVE in the UNIVERSE” in the 2019 Venice Biennale. Kate’s film was originally created for her viva and final year exhibition and it stars Harry Plomer, a performance artist from Goldsmiths; the version shown in the Venice Biennale will be cut down to one minute, as it will be shown alongside films of similar length from artists all around the world. (You can watch Kate’s full film on YouTube).

Kate is currently developing two more films; she describes her creation process thus: “The films themselves are about foraging and sharing narratives through foraged objects. I will find an object that someone has left out to give away or discard “urban foraging” style. Then, I will write about the object, the relationship I have with it and that it has with the world around it, and form theories as to why it is where it is, as a lot of the time these objects aren’t usually or naturally situated out on the street. From these observations of form, functionality, relations and context I can then begin to create a narrative for the object investigation style and create a piece of writing based on this.” Once the writing is done, Kate will design the costumes and props for the film, and find a performer to act in it; the music will be produced by Josh Wilde, also a Goldsmiths student.

Tomorrow’s Great Pageant – Final Performance

Design lecturers Dash MacDonald and Nicholas Mortimer would like to invite you to the first public sharing of the socially charged project by Post Workers Theatre – Tomorrow’s Great Pageant. A performative reading of the play will take place next Saturday 6th April at The Place Bedford.

New material for a play has been developed through a series of performative workshops and will be performed by writers and performers Ray Filar and Claudia Jefferies along with a cast of participants including BA Design students.

The evening will introduce the background of the original 1909 play, ‘A Pageant of Great Women’, and will conclude with a short discussion with the audience. This is a free event, though prior booking is advisable. For more info about the project visit the website.