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).
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.
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.
On 13 June, Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will be running a workshop titled “Mothers and Daughters of the Windrush” at the Black Cultural Archives, with anthropologist Dr Audrey Allwood:
“Seventy years have passed since the iconic SS Empire Windrush arrived on British shores. And today we are celebrating the legacies of our great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers. Take part in an interactive workshop to explore the resilient nature of our foremothers and how they created cultural spaces both inside and outside the home, shaping our identities today.
Anthropologist Dr Audrey Allwood and textile design lecturer Rose Sinclair unpick how the mothers and daughters of the Windrush wove together and maintained their Caribbean material culture through methods of mothering and nurturing. Reconnect with their power of creativity, aesthetic prowess and craft skills brought from “back home” that enabled them to take on roles of the dressmaker, piecemaker, cook, nurse, healer and homemakers from the 1950s onwards.
Dr Audrey Allwood is a visiting research fellow in anthropology at Goldsmiths and is currently undertaking her post-doctorate studies in Caribbean migration and successive generations. Rose Sinclair is a design lecturer at Goldsmiths currently teaching textiles and fashion at undergraduate and postgraduate level.”
The event will start at 7 pm; tickets are £7 and can be bought from the BCA website.