“Iterations”: First-ever MA in Design Expanded Practice degree show engages with complex contemporary issues

The first batch of students to graduate from our new MA in Design: Expanded Practice had their degree show last week, under the title “Iterations”. The show was open to the public 14-16 December, with a private viewing for industry and press on the evening of 13 December and an evening for family and friends on 15 December.

The opening night of the exhibition was a multi-sensory and interactive experience: virtual reality headsets, archery, the smell of chicken soup coming from a live cooking station.

MA DEP students chose to engage with a variety of complex contemporary issues, social, environmental and industrial, in their final projects. A few projects have already been featured on the Design blog in previous weeks (follow the Iterations tag).

Rosie Strickland’s sound installation immersed visitors in voices of animals and birds that have become extinct or endangered due to human activity.

Ethical fashion was a topic of interest for several of the projects on display. For her work titled “Mirror”, Jiaoyenan Zhu interviewed workers from fast fashion factories in Hangzhou, China and created a series of garments printed with words and images meant to remind wearers of the humans who make the clothes we wear.

Minhao Zhang worked together with Steve, a homeless man from Hackney, to design and create products that reflect Steve’s story and help make his voice heard.

More photos of the exhibition can be found on the Goldsmiths Design Facebook page.

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