Playful communication devices designed by the Interaction Research Studio keep you connected with loved ones

Yo-Yo machines prototypes

The Interaction Research Studio have recently launched Yo-Yo Machines, a project developed with UK Covid 19 research funding to support people separated from friends and family and help them maintain connections while they are physically separated by pandemic restrictions.

The devices are very low cost (around £25 a pair) and people can build them at home by following simple instructions (like a recipe) to assemble off-the-shelf components. They can be made with paper plates, cereal boxes, jam jars and other household items. Continue reading “Playful communication devices designed by the Interaction Research Studio keep you connected with loved ones”

Experiments in new modes of practice: Launch of the Centre of Invention and Social Process (CISP)

“Please come and celebrate with us the relaunch of CSISP:

Experiments in new modes of practice: Launch of the Centre for the study of Invention and Social Process (CISP)

With guests Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation (Madrid/New York) and Antoine Hennion (Centre de Sociologie de l’innovation, Ecole des Mines, Paris); chaired by the new directors: Marsha Rosengarten, Michael Guggenheim & Alex Wilkie

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016, 5pm-7pm, Richard Hoggart Building, Room 300. All Welcome!

Experiments in New Modes of Practice poster

Andrés Jaque is an architect. His work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects. In 2003 he founded the Office for Political Innovation, a trandisciplinary agency engaged with the making of an ordinary urbanism out of the association of heterogeneous architectural fragments. In 2014 he won the Silver Lion to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas. Continue reading “Experiments in new modes of practice: Launch of the Centre of Invention and Social Process (CISP)”

Material Desires Workshop: Design Led Explorations of the Home/Work Divide

“On February 17th, designers, researchers, PhD students, anthropologists and practitioners of various disciplines gathered for the Material Desires workshop, to do design led explorations of the home/work divide. The event, which took place at Goldsmiths, was led by PhD student Paulina Yurman from the Design department, and was sponsored by the EPSRC’s Balance Network.

The workshop consisted of design-led activities which aimed to open up a space for discussing our daily management of roles related to work, home, family and other domains, and to develop design proposals for debating and discussing in a group.

The morning session started with a ‘geography’ activity;  island shaped cards were used to create a landscape of our daily juggling of identities. Using geographical terms and linking them with daily activities encouraged free associations from which themes might emerge for discussions. For example, ‘valley of owed favours’ and ‘island of procrastination’ were loose terms for islands on the map that described the emotional landscape and helped us open a space from which to explore throughout the day. Continue reading “Material Desires Workshop: Design Led Explorations of the Home/Work Divide”

Rose Sinclair to give talk on Dorcas societies at Bruce Castle

Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths Design will hold a free talk on Dorcas societies on Wednesday, 24 February, at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey: “Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room”.

The talk will focus on the work of Dorcas societies around the Haringey area and it will use archival material as well as discuss the influence of the networks of Caribbean women and their textiles:

Often founded by upper class women in churches in the 19th century, Dorcas Societies were initially begun to help make clothes for poor people, or to support women to become self-sufficient through the skill of working with a needle. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caribbean women in London would meet in their front rooms. The Clubs and Societies were a support network, where textiles formed the link.

The event will take place in the Lecture Hall at Bruce Castle starting 7 30 pm (doors open at 7).