Make@MEET workshops with MA Interaction Design students/alumni

This July, Michael Mogensen (MA Interaction Design 2017), Erica Jewell and Julie Parisi (MA Interaction Design 2016) designed and taught Make@MEET, a one day workshop in Jerusalem to Year 3 students from the Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) programme. MEET brings together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders to create positive change through technology and entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The summer intensive programme consists of an accelerator for four startups created by the participants. The Make@MEET workshop introduced them to tools to challenge their biases and assumptions, particularly around the user in the context of their startups, as well as to generate ideas and work through problems. The attendees were given a brief (“make someone’s life easier”) and then taken on field trips to observe and choose a subject, followed by rapid prototyping and presentation of their designs.

Images courtesy of Michael Mogensen and Erica Jewell; more photos can be found on Erica Jewell’s blog. Another workshop will be held in December.

Exhibition: “Material Legacies- In the Lanscape of the Lost”

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An exhibition of work by Design PhD candidate Stacey Pitsillides will be open at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery (11 Stockwell Street, London) between 28 February and 24 March. The show “invites the public to experience how artistic making can provide momentary glimpses of relationships unfolding stories of love and loss.”

Material Legacies is the culmination of a four-year research collaboration with The Hospice of St Francis, a palliative care charity. This collaboration explores how artistic making supports the bereaved to negotiate their own approach to translating and finding a place for the dead in their lives. Within this process, biography is distilled into three distinct experiences, which collect a range of materials capturing the essence of the deceased’s archive. This deep interaction advocates how a material approach to loss can expand our personal and aesthetic relationships with the dead.

This exhibition would be of special interest to those working within the boundaries of art and public engagement, co-design and art therapy through artistic practice.

The exhibition is free, but you can RSVP to attend the private view on the evening of February 28th here.

MA Design: Expanded Practice Launch Seminar, with Usman Haque and Nick Srnicek

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The Design department is launching its new post-disciplinary MA in Design: Expanded Practice with a series of seminars discussing the ideas, practices and possibilities that inform the new programme! The first event will feature talks from guest speakers Usman Haque (Umbrellium) and Nick Srnicek (City, University of London).

Usman Haque is a founding partner of Umbrellium. Umbrellium designs and builds technological tools to support citizen empowerment and high-impact engagement in cities. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interac tive installations, digital interfaces and dozens of mass-participation initiatives in cities throughout the world. In 2008 he received the Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum.

Nick Srnicek is a writer and professor. His current research is focused on post-work politics and social reproduction, and how the two separate areas can be fit together. This will be published as a book entitled After Work: What’s Left and Who Cares? He has also written on the transformations of the contemporary labour market (Inventing the Future) and on the digital economy and its dynamics (Platform Capitalism).

When: Friday 10 March, 6 pm

Where: Room 211, Lockwood Building, Goldsmiths