“The System of Systems”: Design graduates launch publication on the asylum process

Goldsmiths Design graduates Danae Papazymouri and Rebecca Glyn-Blanco have teamed up with architectural historian Maria McLintock for “The System of Systems”, a project that investigates the asylum seeking process. The project comprises of an exhibition, whose contributors include James Bridle, Nana Varveropoulou, and Goldsmiths own Jimmy Loizeau and Liam Healy (Design Unlikely Futures) and a publication featuring work by Jack Self, Daniel Trilling, Olivia Head (Bread & Roses), amongst others. The launch of the publication is being supported by a crowdfunding campaign, to which you can contribute until 15 April.

“The System of Systems” interrogates how political powers in Europe are using technologies, from data collection to private companies, in bureaucratic systems which determine the fate of asylum seekers. Bringing together artists, designers, architects, academics, activists and practitioners, working across a range of mediums, the publication responds to the complex and knotty legal framework which individuals seeking asylum are forced to navigate, or, in many cases, elude.

The aim of the project is to open up vital conversations about the legal framework of seeking asylum in Europe, posing questions such as: What policies are we voting for as citizens of European countries, and what is our relationship to this issue? How does the system illegalise people? How are technologies used as processes of making and discrediting evidence?

The book will be a collection of essays, interviews and visual contributions and will be divided into three sections: LANGUAGE, TERRITORY and AGENCY. The exhibition will take place in Athens, 4-21 May at Grace gallery. Join the mailing list on the System of Systems website to be kept up to date with the latest news on the project.


On Wednesday, 29 March, MA Fashion student Smadar Eve Zohar will present an improvised performance of a fashion film-making process, part of the MA Fashion work-in-progress exhibition “Fashion Narratives” (currently on in the Constance Howard Gallery at Goldsmiths). RSVP on Facebook

Smadar Eve Zohar – Fashion Film Generator
Over the course of the three week exhibition you will be the audience to a process of a transformation; the narrative starting point is a visual research on pockets and their contemporary political contexts. This is visible throughout the first week of the exhibition. On the 29th of March 7pm, you are invited to witness a performative film rehearsal devised and improvised using the pocket research and props. The rehearsal narrative will be filmed and presented for the third week as an improvised and provocative fashion film.

The “Fashion Narratives” exhibition will remain open until 7 April on Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays. More photos of the exhibition can be found on our Facebook page.

MULTIPLEXER Malfiction issue launch party

The second issue of the MULTIPLEXER zine, published by the Vehicles for Experimental Practice research group at Goldsmiths Design, is ready to be launched. A party for the occasion, including a film screening, will take place in 12 Laurie Grove on March 22, during the Postgraduate Open Evening at Goldsmiths.

Fashion Narratives: MA Fashion work-in-progress exhibition

The Constance Howard Gallery and the MA Fashion programme are pleased to invite you to Fashion Narratives, a display of interactive works in progress that explore the social and cultural contexts of fashion. The projects look at the virtual material and embodied modes of communication in fashion and the shifting relationships between these. They propose new narratives and approaches to practice that challenge the traditional boundaries and perceptions of fashion.

Private view: 16 March, 4-5 30 pm

Postgraduate open evening: 22 March 4-7 pm

Open to the public: 17 March-7 April, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 11 am- 5 pm

Open late: 29 March 5-9 pm