The Interaction Research Studio is promoting positive engagement with nature

The Goldsmiths Design research group Interaction Research Studio and the Design Products Programme at the Royal College of Art are currently working together on myNaturewatch, an EPSRC-funded project which aims to promote positive engagements with nature in the UK.

The myNaturewatch team are designing prototypes for digital devices that collect visual and audio content about wildlife around the UK; you can find out more from their website or follow them on Twitter.

And since we’re talking about engagement with nature, the Interaction Research Studio are also working with ornithologist Jamie Dunning on designing ‘sunglasses’ for puffins for a study of their bills’ ultraviolet properties:

Stay tuned for more news about their work as the projects develop further.

Gold on Film Festival: The Closer We Get


Somewhere’s film The Closer We Get (directed by Karen Guthrie) is screening at Curzon Goldsmiths on Tuesday, March 20th at 18:15 as part of Gold on Film, a festival celebrating films produced by Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Co-Producer & DOP Nina Pope, who is one of the design practitioners supporting and advising our third year BA Design students as Studio mentors. Tickets can be booked online.

MAID student to present graduation project at symposium in the US

On 4 December, MA Interaction Design student Michael Mogensen will be part of a panel at the Corcoran School of Art & Design at the George Washington University in Washington DC called “Wisal, a Symposium on Cross-Cultural Collaboration”. Michael explains:

“I will present the collaboration between myself and Saudi artist Ahaad Alamoudi called “NIUN: Saudi Futures.” The project is supported by arts organisation Culturunners and funded by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. The project consists of a film, an installation, and a series of events around our idea of one Saudi future; it responds in part to recent events in Saudi Arabia, as well as the distant past. The project is also my final project as part of the MA Interaction Design degree at Goldsmiths.”