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


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


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

MA Design graduates 2016: Julie L. Parisi explores caring as an act of engagement

In her graduation project from the MA in Interaction Design (class of 2016), Julie L. Parisi investigates our connection with the issues we care about, and how these connections are formed:


What is your project about, in a nutshell, and what made you choose this particular topic?

The DIY Think Tank game explores the space between care as a concept and the act of caring. What is it that sparks engagement with, and understanding of issues? How do we decide what to care about? Is there a distinction to make between the act of ‘showing that you care’ and the act of caring about something? These are the core research questions for this project.Read More »