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.

2018 BA Design show MOD: “The Baler” by Dewi Uridge

As the 2018 BA Design show MOD is drawing nearer, here is a peek at some of the work you’ll be able to see in the exhibition.

“Dewi Uridge’s project The Baler explores the relationship between the urban and the rural through identifying objects and spaces which play an important role in both environments. The project began with a focus on the sheep pen as a material metaphor, using it to facilitate workshops across London bringing structures of the rural in to the urban environment. In this process, Uridge recognised the urban design studios and workshops, specifically so-called Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs), as critical spaces where designers develop their practice, noticing the potential synergy between farm workshops and design studios.

Identifying these spaces as layering the farm and the city, Uridge identified a reciprocity between the 3D Printer and the baler, in that both perform repetitive taks with material inputs and outputs, collecting material, transforming it into shaped objects and then distributing it across territories.

In response, Uridge has designed The Baler, a tool that is taken for walks through London by an operator and a partner. It is designed to collect not only material data from the floor, but at the same time to act as a site of human data, as an object through which conversations about the relationship between the urban and the rural can occur. It then wraps the information, recording the conversations as it moves through the urban space.”

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.

Alumna Jodie Chinn brings empathy to political debate

In 2015, a year of general elections in the UK, Jodie Chinn’s BA Design graduation project, “House of Covvens”, attempted to envision a more equal society, questioning the hierarchies of Britain’s parliamentary system and incorporating feminine-coded knowledge. Jodie is now revisiting and expanding the project to fit the even more troubled political environment of today. For two weeks in May, she will hold ‘House of Covvens – South East London’,  an exhibition and event series centred around ten ‘Covvens’, non-hierarchical discussion spaces where everyone’s voice is welcomed and value. Jodie explains:

“When you’re exchanging information in our society, it’s often about the person who can talk the loudest, and it’s hierarchical. This project is about everyone having the space to talk and share what they know, it’s aiming to create a comfortable environment for expression. Halfway through the Covven, everyone is given the chance to reflect on what we’ve discussed, and make a clay object to represent this reflection. We then go around and let everyone explain what they have made, giving everyone the chance to speak and process their thoughts. People can leave their object in the space and these will collect together over the two weeks with a final event on the 29th of May presenting the process of the project. It’s not necessarily about coming up with ideas, but about creating a space for people to share thoughts and learn from each other. As part of this event there will also be foraging walks and sound performances on the new, quarter and full moon!”Read More »

Alumnus Lukas Valiauga on Fabrica residency and work after graduation

Lukas Valiauga graduated from the BA Design course at Goldsmiths in 2015, and he is currently a resident at Fabrica, the Benneton Group-financed communications research centre based in Treviso, Italy. Lukas tells us a bit about his work on the residency and his other projects since graduation:

What kind of work are you doing as part of your residency? 

Personally, the residency is an amazing opportunity to work developing research into how technologies shape our modern living, culture and communication.  Part of the work (and freedom!) is in experimenting with ideas, theories and research-led assumptions as well as specific technology.

Fabrica is at a unique intersection between worlds of art and commerce. Rather than as briefs, projects come as partnerships open to every resident to pitch their idea for; that way shaping and defining what an overall project will be like. A lot of personal research materialises into tangible output this way.

For example, for an exhibition at Milan Design Museum, I’ve presented an installation measuring Milan’s sky colour comparing it to the colour called ‘sky blue’.
Also, together with Jonas Eltes we made a painting which grows its value depending on its popularity with gallery visitors.  We are currently working on a several of web-based information experience projects.Read More »