Interaction Research Studio launches ProbeTools exhibition

When: Exhibition open 11th June – 12th August 2018, launching drinks reception Thursday 14th June 2018, 7pm

Where: Ace Hotel London, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

You are invited to the exhibition of the Interaction Research Studio project ProbeTools!

ProbeTools are unconventional cameras and audio devices for user research. They’re easy to make, customise and use, and open-sourced so that designers and researchers can employ them in their own studies. ProbeTools are a design-led approach to engaging with settings aimed at producing inspiration rather than information. They involve presenting people with open-ended, even absurd tasks in the hope that their responses will provide fragmentary illumination of their lives, thoughts, hopes and fears. The exhibition will be held in the Lobby of Ace Hotel London and is free entry. RSVP to j.molinera[@]gold.ac.uk.

 

2018 BA Design show MOD: “Reclayming Territory” by Ananya Patel

The 2018 BA Design show MOD opens next week in Peckham, bringing you this year’s batch of innovative graduation projects pushing the boundaries of design. Here is another peek:

“Ananya Patel’s project Reclayming Territory is mapped around the position of traditional, cultural craft in a world driven by modern, westernised design. The project began with an interest in a ceramic studio, the Ceramic Centre, in her hometown in India, which became a platform to explore the agency of craft as a vehicle of social empowerment and decolonisation. This contextualised the work in the wider polemics of colonisation and the hegemonic relationship between the coloniser and the colonised, which is explored specifically through the connection between India and Britain.

This investigation takes place through a dual practice. One part involves material experimentation with clay, a process generated by craft methodologies in India. The other involves extensive research into archives and colonial historiography, which is then used to inform the objects made from clay. The clay is collected from the River Thames in London before being transported to the Ceramic Centre in India for making objects. The river acts as the thread that weaves these sites and histories into a narrative that highlights the spiritual, cultural and political role of the river in shaping civilisation and empire, and the design process developed around the physical exchange of clay between the two countries becomes a metaphor that highlights the notion of stolen, borrowed and shared territory.

Patel brings together both aspects of her practice in focusing on a particular act of decolonisation in British Indian history, through which the hierarchy was challenged. In telling this narrative, she developed a portable archive of decolonised historiography. It is built through collaborating and starting conversations with the institutions and individuals who contributed to the collection of research, and through engaging Indian craft practitioners in making ceramic objects that historically mobilised social, political and cultural liberation. The collection was set up as a pop-up archive at sites along the Thames where the London clay was collected, and was used to generate conversations about colonisation and to document the significance of decolonisation to various individuals and communities in today’s sociocultural landscape.”

See more work from the show on the MOD Instagram account. The show will be open to the public 8-10 June at Unit 8 Copeland Park in Peckham. The Press and Industry private view takes place on the evening of 7 June.

 

2018 BA Design show MOD: “Space and the Feminine Body” by Devon Alex Greene

The 2018 BA Design show MOD is almost here! Here is another sample of the student projects that will be on display, with “Space and the Feminine Body” by Devon Alex Greene:

“The aim of my project is to reclaim the everyday physical spaces where women’s bodies have been restricted, in situations where the right to personal, physical and public space has been taken away. I have created tools to help women in these everyday situations. My aim is to encourage women to use their bodies to feel and be powerful through body language and stance, rebelling against the learned behavior that forces women to contort themselves to be smaller beings, or forces them out of public space when their bodies are commented on. The outcomes include:

  • ‘The scum guard’ is a tool for women to use when riding their bikes, inspired by a story of a woman who was harassed on her bike.
  • An inflatable bag aimed to reclaim space for women.”

See more work from the show on the MOD Instagram account. The show will be open to the public 8-10 June at Unit 8 Copeland Park in Peckham. The Press and Industry private view takes place on the evening of 7 June.

“Prototyping the Idiotic City” Conference/Workshop, 5 June

Where: Goldsmiths, RHB 137
When: Tuesday 5 June 2018, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Register for a free place

Participants
Alison Powell, London School of Economics Gyorgyi Galik, Royal College of Art, London/Umbrellium) Jennifer Gabrys, University of Goldsmiths
Mike Michael, University of Exeter
Noortje Marres, CIM, University of Warwik
Ola Söderström, University of Neuchâtel
Uriel Fogué, ESAYA, UEM

CISP & Fondecyt N°1180062

In recent years, the notion of smartness has gained pervasive prominence in various spheres of social life and the ways that cities can be known, planned and governed. Data collection is now enabled through embedded sensors and devices in urban space, particularly in the development of the Internet of Things. Autonomous mobility and other smart city initiatives make cities appear to be manageable and controllable in (near) real-time through smart analytics and dashboards. In developing these innovations, new modes of laboratorization and experimentation are deployed in order to test technological ‘solutions’. Against the grain of a sterile technotopia proposed by the smart city, we want to problematize the various kinds of smartness that are programmed and inscribed into this debate, as well as question the newness of it. What, in other words, are the failures and breakdowns that slow down and counteract the supposed smoothness of the smart city? Through a one-day workshop we invite researchers to creatively incorporate the “murmur of the idiot” (Stengers, 2005) into situations in which new relationships with our ‘smart’ surroundings can be built.

During the event, each presenter discusses an idiotic object or situation. Each speaker, together with the audience, will then try to further the idiocy of other speakers cases.

Organising committee

Michael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Martin Tironi (School of Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Liam Healy (Goldsmiths Design PhD student)

Fabian Namberger (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Full schedule of the day can be found on the Goldsmiths website.