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.

Grime Up the River: the social history of the Lea valley as music

Design partnership Dash’n’Dem (which include Goldsmiths Design lecturer Dash Macdonald) worked with grime artists and local teenagers in the River Lea area to produce tracks about the social history of East London and its significance to our current times. The project, part of the wider Odd Guides project delivered by Create London, includes a video supported by a Goldsmiths Design Research Grant, which you can now watch online in full. Dash explains:

“One of the tracks that we created was a conversation around the history of immigration, particularly with the docks and that area of East London bringing immigrants from all over the world, and looking at the different tensions that happened, from the Irish, the European, Asian, Afro-Caribbean immigrants as they came to settle, and repeatedly how populist politicians have played the immigration card, whether that’s Oswald Mosley, Enoch Powell, or today [Nigel] Farage and Boris [Johnson] with slogans such as: “We want our country back” or Take back control”. In the end, it’s having a conversation with these young people about what those slogans mean, how it made them feel, and how can design challenge that.”

El Ultimo Grito exhibition: MALFICTIONS

The Galería Elba Benítez is pleased to present MALFICTIONS, an exhibition of new work by the London-based creative partnership El Ultimo Grito, opening April 22 in Madrid.

MALFICTIONS — the title is a conflation of the words “malfunction” and “fiction” — presents a series of works that explore the intersection of facticity, fiction and error in contemporary forms of representational experience. As El Ultimo Grito states:

In our digital age, we have all become accustomed to the growing proliferation of “glitches” — transitory malfunctions within the different systems that support our daily existence. But in reality, these glitches are intrinsic to how the system works — they are not real malfunctions but just ‘deficiencies’ of the system that we have not managed or do not really want to change or improve. The notion of ‘malfunction’ aims at perpetuating the representation / fiction of the system itself — hence our “Malfictions.” The capturing of the “glitch” is a sudden window opening onto the reality of the system, and when understood in this way we can start examining “glitches” in other systems in the same light — systems that are not limited to technology, but also politico-­socio-­economic systems, or systems of representation and communication.

Read the full press release