Several MA Design: Expanded Practice students/graduates took part in Makerversity’s Re-Making Place Civic Hack this year. The project brought together practitioners with diverse skills to answer the question: “How can we create new conversations around the use of public space in cities in terms of inclusion, interaction and civic good?”
After an initial event in July facilitated by Hefin Jones (an Associate Lecturer in the Design department at Goldsmiths), three teams worked over the summer on their ideas for reimagining the function of urban public space. The outcomes were then presented in an exhibition at Somerset House during the London Design Festival, competing for a chance to put the proposals into practice and win a six month residency sponsored by the Northbank BID.
Several 2019 BA Design graduates from Goldsmiths (Jaspar Rogers, Xanthe Cook, Aaron Panesar, Miki Chiu, Lily McCraith, Maria Hardy, Miki Wong, Declan Pitts, Kiril Sapundzhiev, Maria Elges and Kate Mason) are amongst exhibitors, showing a diverse range of work grappling with themes from beauty standards to political engagement, using tools ranging from combat sports to tinkling bells.
A documentary film by Amy Clegg (BA Design 2019) will be screened on 1 October at the Bolton Film Festival as part of the Student Documentary block. Amy’s film (and graduation project from Goldsmiths), titled “If I Get Like That Just Shoot Me”, looks into the ever-widening gap between the perception and reality of informal care for the elderly.