Tomorrow’s Great Pageant – Final Performance

Design lecturers Dash MacDonald and Nicholas Mortimer would like to invite you to the first public sharing of the socially charged project by Post Workers Theatre – Tomorrow’s Great Pageant. A performative reading of the play will take place next Saturday 6th April at The Place Bedford.

New material for a play has been developed through a series of performative workshops and will be performed by writers and performers Ray Filar and Claudia Jefferies along with a cast of participants including BA Design students.

The evening will introduce the background of the original 1909 play, ‘A Pageant of Great Women’, and will conclude with a short discussion with the audience. This is a free event, though prior booking is advisable. For more info about the project visit the website.

 

Data-poetry artwork by Naho Matsuda exhibited at SXSW

Artist Naho Matsuda, who is a researcher in the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths Design, exhibited her data-poetry artwork EVERY THING EVERY TIME at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, as part of the Future Art and Culture programme presented by British Underground and supported by Arts Council England. The work was hosted in Brush Square, Austin, from 8th to 14th of March.

Initially curated and produced in Manchester by FutureEverything, EVERY THING EVERY TIME “broadcasts poetry on a large mechanical display, urging deeper reflection on the role of data in our lives, personal privacy and our place in future cities”. The artwork processes data captured and published by ‘smart city’ technologies, consumer devices, private and public institutions, and various media, and uses this data to create poetry.

Read the full press release

 

Designers at Goldsmiths create protective ‘sunglasses’ for puffins

What would eyewear for puffins look like, and why would puffins even need it in the first place? Designers from the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths created protective ‘sunglasses’ for this bird species as part of a project that investigates photoluminescence in the bill of the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).

In order to study the phenomenon, scientists had to shine ultraviolet (UV) light on the bills of live birds, which made the sunglasses necessary as a way to protect the birds’ eyes from potentially damaging UV light sources. Read more on the Goldsmiths website