Musée des Refusés: Refusal, Renunciation, Resistance

We’re starting the first year of our new MA in Design: Expanded Practice with an all-day conference featuring an amazing line-up of speakers!

When: 3 October 2017, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Hexagon, Lockwood Building

The archetypal museum is a concretization of the Enlightenment ‘knowledge project’. It is a storehouse of knowledge; gathering examples, categorising and classifying them and defining a field of knowledge and practice. This archetypical museum is a place to collect, preserve, interpret, and display items of artistic, cultural, or scientific significance (a) for the edification of publics, (b) as resources for the contemplation of ‘expert’ communities and/or (c) to act as a safety deposit to preserve things that have been deemed to be of cultural and historical importance (who deems them ‘important’ is a moot matter).

Morning: Perspectives
Catherine Ince: ‘Rationales for Refusal’
Dee Halligan: ‘Museum Says No: A Strategists Take on Reasons Museums Don’t, Can’t or Shouldn’t Acquire’
Oli Stratford: ‘The Amazing Collapsing Journal’
Kristina Rapacki: ‘The Museum of Failure’

Afternoon: Alter Museums 
Alexandra Midal: ‘Ho(l)me(s) Sweet Home: Design and Serial Killing at the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution’
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez: ‘Your Output My Input’
Carl Clerkin: ‘The Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects’
Maki Suzuki: ‘Do You Want Me to Give a Guided Tour of My Wallet, Then?’

Live broadcast from Lesvos: Design Unlikely Futures/ The System of Systems

When: Thursday, 21 September, 3:30 pm

Where: Curzon Cinema, Goldsmiths

Autonomous Broadcast Bike, The System of Systems & Conversation

An ongoing collaborative, trans-disciplinary research project that is concerned with designing devices and inventive methods to learn about people’s lived experiences of migration in the wake of disasters. We work under the collective name of DUF (design unlikely futures), across the disciplines of design, ethnography and experimental film-making.

The System of Systems aims to open up vital conversations about the legal framework of seeking asylum in Europe. We gather research by collaborating with academics, activists and practitioners to interrogate questions of language, the body and biometrics, agency and infrastructure, within the overlapping bureaucratic systems. In doing so, we hope to provide an alternative viewpoint on the subject and provide the space to consider possibilities, through exhibitions, events and publications.

Talks, performances, exhibitions: The 2017 Goldsmiths Design Festival

In addition to this year’s MA Show, the Goldsmiths Design Festival will host a variety of other Design events involving staff, students and leading design practitioners. You can find out what’s on from our programme on the festival website. Here are a few highlights:


Get ready for the 2017 Goldsmiths Design Festival!

The Goldsmiths Design Festival is back for its third edition! Once again, the event will be part of the London Design Festival. On 14-17 September, we’ll be hosting the 2017 Postgraduate show, talks on Design from eminent designers, workshops and performances, and a showcase of design projects from our wider design community. More news will be coming soon, so stay tuned. Watch a promo shot and edited by Eve Smadar Zohar to find out more about the work that will be on display in the MA Show: