Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Refugeoly

At this year’s Goldsmiths Design Festival, alumnus and current studio manager Vinny Montag presented “Refugeoly”, a game based on Monopoly and designed by Vinny and his collaborator Jon Halls. The purpose of the project is to provide the player with a simulation of the difficulties refugees go through in their journey towards a safe haven. You can now watch the full presentation online:

But why Monopoly? What is the purpose of the game and what kind of reactions does it hope to get from its players? Vinny and Jon explain in more detail:

Vinny: The objective of this project is to create awareness about the situation of thousands of people living in a dramatic situation, people that have not chosen to leave their countries of origin, but simply have to flee in order to save their lives. We do not have a specific target audience for this project, in fact we have played Refugeoly with all kinds of people, of all ages and of different status. We have experienced many kinds of reactions. The hardest one is possibly when we have played with children, some of them left the game halfway through, telling us that it is impossible to win and why is this happening…For other people that had not idea of the circumstances that a refugee has to go through, the game was simply the best way to be in the shoes of a refugee.Read More »

Rose Sinclair takes part in Caribbean Carnival Festival at the V&A

This Sunday, Goldsmiths Design’s Rose Sinclair will be at the V&A, taking part in their Caribbean Carnival Festival held in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month.

Rose will run a workshop/talk about fabrics found in the National Archives that have a connection to Caribbean Carnival and celebrations such as Junkanoo. All with original 1950’s music! The event is free and anyone can drop in.

Seminar Room 2, Sackler Centre
14.00 – 15.00 and 15.30 – 16.30


Interaction Research Studio shows new work in ‘Water’ exhibition

For London Design Festival 2017, a group of 13 designers are coming together at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham’s Bussey Building to explore Water. Each of them has created a new work for the exhibition, responding – creatively, technologically or emotionally – to water and the vital role it plays in the natural and human world.

Exhibiting artists include Andy Sheen, Dean Brown and Mike Vanis from the Interaction Research Studio (the latter two are also co-ordinating the event).  The exhibition will be open between 19-24 September.

Rose Sinclair receives Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair has been awarded a Commendation in the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards, in the Postgraduate Research category. Rose’s work with Dorcas clubs and societies has been deemed excellent and exceptionally strong.

The awards were established in 2016 to recognise and celebrate the excellent work Goldsmiths researchers at all career stages do with members of the public – whether they’re sharing ground-breaking findings with new audiences, or collaborating with the public throughout their research.