Resilient Alliances #2: Heretic Ecologies

Resilient Alliances is a series of events set up against the dominant narrative of managerial and commodified present. We offer competing stories and collective tools to face up to the traumas to come.

In the second lecture-workshop of the series, Heretic Ecologies, Most Dismal Swamp curator Dane Sutherland and Dr Daniel Rourke will explore the resilience of the ontological category of the “human” vis-a-vis challenges posed by temporal and species hybridity.Read More »

Resilient Alliances #1: Future Perfect

Future Perfect: the first of the Resilient Alliances series.

This lecture-workshop will explore the notion of Existential Risk as seen through the lenses of history and fiction. MA Design: Expanded Practice student Chiara Di Leone is one of the organisers of the event.

Speakers:

Thomas Moynihan is a researcher from the UK. He has recently gained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, focusing on intellectual history and existential risk. Through his work, he aims to supply a historically reflective dimension to the emerging field of ‘future studies’, elucidating its place within the wider history of ideas and contextualising such frontiers of inquiry within the longest-range dynamics of philosophical and cultural modernity.

Anna Mikkola is a visual artist in residence at Somerset House Studios and Goldsmiths MFA alumna, exploring the ways technology, nature and culture are entangled in the process of knowledge creation. Considering that interfaces and infrastructures format lived reality, her work often materialises as videos and installations depicting narratives where different entities and points in time are woven together.

Anna and Thomas’ presentations will be followed by a workshop session in which participants will form their own alliances and respond to existential threats.

Where and When:

Goldsmiths University, London

Richard Hoggart Building, room #251

Tuesday 30th of April

18:30 – 21:00

RSVP to resilientalliances@gmail.com to register your interest.

MA Design Expanded Practice: Graduate Address by Morgan Thorne

GraduationLast week we had our first graduating cohort of the MA Design Expanded Practice. The ceremony was specially designed for our programme and was full of happiness and celebration.

As part of the Ceremony, we asked Morgan Thorne,  from the Interaction and Technology Studio to give the Graduate Address. Her speech was warm, moving and embodied many of the values we hope to support in the programme. We asked Morgan if we could publish her speech, and she kindly agreed:

Professor Waller and staff of Goldsmiths, honourable guests, parents, guardians, friends and fellow Graduates – I am honoured to stand before you on behalf of all the students graduating today.

I’m originally from Barbados, a small island in the Caribbean. Before moving to London I was in New York City working in Advertising, and although I loved New York, I wasn’t passionate about my practice. When I decided to go back to university I spent a long time thinking about my future and the type of work I wanted to create. So, when I saw the description for our course, the focus on interdisciplinary collaboration from such a wide variety of studios, one that was said to “ challenge the role and norms of traditional design” and “push boundaries of what design can be and do”, it instantly felt like the right choice.Read More »

Share your dessert recipes for Arrival: Cake Off at Goldsmiths

On 20 October, a charity bake sale is taking place at Goldsmiths to celebrate Lewisham’s diverse communities and the stories behind their iconic bakes. Design lecturer and avid baker Rose Sinclair will take part and discuss how she uses Caribbean cakes to spark conversations in her Caribbean front room textile installations.

If you or anyone you know at Goldsmiths or in the local community is a keen baker, we’d love to hear from them! We’re asking participants from all backgrounds to bake a dessert, share the recipe and a memory it brings to life.

Fill in the Participant Form and submit it to Will Cenci by Friday, 12 October at 9 am.