Next week, the 2017 graduating class of the MA in Interaction Design, and current students of the MA in Design: Expanded Practice will exhibit their work in a joint show in the St James Hatcham gallery, MUTAGEN/Musée des Refusés.
Thursday, 14 December: 4-9 pm (private view)
Friday, 15 and Saturday, 16 December: 10 am- 6 pm
Mutagen is a set of projects from the fourth graduating cohort of MA Interaction Design at Goldsmiths. This diverse and inventive group have accomplished a huge amount during their 15 month programme, not least in the strategies they have developed to take on the demands of the courses they undertake. You will see how their graduating projects mix empirical and speculative approaches, while responding to human computer interaction, interaction design and co-design, and grappling with social theory. Come and see these projects, and speak to the people who have articulated individual and bold routes through the entanglements that characterise an expanded field of Interaction Design.
The Musée de Refusés (based on the Salon de Refusés) is a space in which what is rejected by museums, cultural institutions and/or by society as a whole may claim attention. There may be many reasons for the rejection; but essentially the ‘refused’ is not considered to be the sort of thing the museum or other cultural authorities are looking for. The Musée de Refusés contains the kind of things that are not of interest, concern or use to society … often times determined not to be in society’s ‘best’ interest.
Any rejection is inevitably reciprocally constituted; the thing rejected, in its very rejection, rejects the authority that rejects it. So when an ‘authority’ (a museum) with an encysted (insisted) ideology, through an instituted juridical process, refuses to embrace what a work is or does, the work, in turn rejects the regular expectations, systems of validation and ultimately, the constitution of that authority.
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.”
In week 7 of the current term, MA students participated in a workshop run by studio manager Vinny Montag and Goldsmiths Design graduate Alaa Alsaraji. Here is a brief peek at the work produced; the final outcomes will be exhibited in December alongside the MA: Interaction Design graduation show.
Ingvild Bjertnæs Augestad’s graduation project from the MA in Design: Critical Practice aims to spread knowledge about gender identity by telling stories of transgender people, through an organisation called LABELLED:
“I have designed a platform for communication about a non-traditional perception of gender. I created different examples of communication tools through the strategy of telling and gathering stories from all kinds of people, with a focus on transgender people. LABELLED is the organisation and it is supposed to publish, for example, postcards with facts about a non-traditional gender perception, engaging you to write down your own story and send it back to the organisation. There are also school-kits for collecting information from children, which put them in a situation of thinking about differences and identity, and how unique they are, because everyone is different. There are also the LABELLED talks, seminars where the organisation has set up a frame for what kind of subjects are important to different audiences, such as nurses or doctors. There are the posters, which are telling stories of gender fluid people through pictures and text. The aim of the organisation LABELLED is to keep a positive attitude, and to make people feel engaged and surprised.Read More »