“Prototyping the Idiotic City” Conference/Workshop, 5 June

Where: Goldsmiths, RHB 137
When: Tuesday 5 June 2018, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Register for a free place

Participants
Alison Powell, London School of Economics Gyorgyi Galik, Royal College of Art, London/Umbrellium) Jennifer Gabrys, University of Goldsmiths
Mike Michael, University of Exeter
Noortje Marres, CIM, University of Warwik
Ola Söderström, University of Neuchâtel
Uriel Fogué, ESAYA, UEM

CISP & Fondecyt N°1180062

In recent years, the notion of smartness has gained pervasive prominence in various spheres of social life and the ways that cities can be known, planned and governed. Data collection is now enabled through embedded sensors and devices in urban space, particularly in the development of the Internet of Things. Autonomous mobility and other smart city initiatives make cities appear to be manageable and controllable in (near) real-time through smart analytics and dashboards. In developing these innovations, new modes of laboratorization and experimentation are deployed in order to test technological ‘solutions’. Against the grain of a sterile technotopia proposed by the smart city, we want to problematize the various kinds of smartness that are programmed and inscribed into this debate, as well as question the newness of it. What, in other words, are the failures and breakdowns that slow down and counteract the supposed smoothness of the smart city? Through a one-day workshop we invite researchers to creatively incorporate the “murmur of the idiot” (Stengers, 2005) into situations in which new relationships with our ‘smart’ surroundings can be built.

During the event, each presenter discusses an idiotic object or situation. Each speaker, together with the audience, will then try to further the idiocy of other speakers cases.

Organising committee

Michael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Martin Tironi (School of Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Liam Healy (Goldsmiths Design PhD student)

Fabian Namberger (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Full schedule of the day can be found on the Goldsmiths website.

Book on Interaction Research Studio project “Energy Babble” now available

 

The Energy Babbles are a set of computational devices that act “like automated talk radios obsessed with energy”: they recount energy policy announcements and information on demand and production, remarks about energy conservation made on social media, and comments entered by other Babble users. The devices were designed by Goldsmiths’ Interaction Research Studio in collaboration with STS researchers, and the story of their development is now available in a book published by Mattering Press. You can download the PDF online for free, or buy a paperback copy (link on the Mattering Press website).

2018 BA Design show MOD: “Material Mentor” by Josie King

The 2018 BA Design show MOD is almost here! Here is another sample of the student projects that will be on display, with “Material Mentor” by Josie King:

“This project creates a new use for a material that has been oozing into every school and living room – slime. The aim is to create a systemised process for improvised making. The slime is integral to this because, as a no- newtonian fluid, it almost has a mind of its own. Usually the designer has complete control over their outcome, and the decisions involved. Using slime on the other hand operates more as a collaboration between the material and the maker. The designer no longer has complete agency over the outcome, the slime shifts their design process into improvised reactionary making, following their material mentor.

This has resulted in a series of improvised furniture, mimicking the domestic space. Inspired by the dual meaning of the word ‘bodge’; meaning to both clumsily mend or make something, and to define greenwood crafts. The bench was made in collaboration with a traditional greenwood woodworker, to test how this improvised making process translated to other craft practitioners.

This improvised process is designed to return the maker to a playful amateur, where their knowledge no longer influences their design process. This improvised technique fosters creative solutions through a bodged, untraditional approach to design.”

See more work from the show on the MOD Instagram account. The show will be open to the public 8-10 June at Unit 8 Copeland Park in Peckham. The Press and Industry private view takes place on the evening of 7 June.

BA Design show Alumni Afterparty at Near & Far Bar

If you’re a Goldsmiths Design graduate and you’re planning to visit this year’s BA Design show on the opening evening (7 June), stick around later on for an afterparty with fellow alumni, organised by Goldsmiths’ Development and Alumni Office.

The party will happen after 7 pm at the Near & Far Bar in Peckham, only a 5-minute walk from Copeland Park/Bussey Building where the graduation show is taking place. This is a ticketed event (£3) with all proceeds going to supporting students facing financial hardship. Registered guests will receive three drinks vouchers that can be used for a selection of house wine, bottled beers and spirit with mixer. Don’t forget to book your place via EventBrite.