“Iterations” preview: projects on Black British feminism and neurodiversity

The first ever graduation show for the MA in Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths will be open to the public on 14-16 December 2018. As we approach the day of the exhibition opening, we’ll be giving you a preview of the diverse projects that will be on display. Today, we’re looking at the graduation projects of Lisa George and Thomas Goldstone.

Lisa George’s project, ‘Black British Feminism, Cornrows & Headwraps’, “aims to provide a platform in which Black British herstories can exist, remain and inform. Looking specifically at the intergenerational African and Caribbean practice of cornrowing (braiding) and head wrapping, I continue to research how this cultural staple can be used as a tool to collect the narratives of women who partake in it.

In addition to the context report, Lisa’s research will be shown through “a designed experience, which embodies elements of the private (home) and public space, expressions of each practice (cornrows/headwraps*), all accompanied by a tool i’ve developed to braid with.”

Thomas Goldstone’s project uses the dyspraxia/dyslexia test as a starting point. “The aim of the project is tune in to the ‘can-dos’ of Dyspraxia and Neurodivergence with the long-term goal of re-designing the test in a way that uncovers what people can do rather than what they cannot – to develop and sustain a ‘credit model’ rather than a ‘deficit model’.”

The research-based project is divided into six parts around Dyspraxia and Neurodiversity; each section will constitute a chapter in the publication and will be explored through immersive and performative experiments with groups of people (neurodivergent and neurotypical). “The use of sound as a material to explore dyspraxia through practice emanates from the fact that is, for me, both the most engaging yet over-stimulating sense”, Thomas says.