This year’s Design Degree Show, “The Milk Has Turned Against Us”, opens to the public on 14 June at Copeland Park in Peckham. In the weeks leading to the show, we’re giving you a peek at the work that will be on display. Today, we’re highlighting the graduation project of Jamie Antin:
“My project aims to highlight how the biggest battles in sport are not the ones on the pitch, court or ring. The work investigates and celebrates the ‘People’s Game’. I aim to expose the idea of how this lowest level of sport has taken influence on city space and how the city space has affected sport.
Grassroot sports have always been important within the cultural and sustainable development of urban spaces. However, in a current crisis of lack of funding and support from both organisations within the private and public sector, its impotence and lack of growth has now left clubs concealed within the walls and spaces they operate within.
In using these subgroups, I aim to enhance how we can expose and understand the larger cultural narratives of society detained within their diverse communities, placing the sports within a new realm of education for the public. This aims to show a body of work that makes connections between elements of sport, art and design to enrich the voices and messages, placing them within a more contemporary context.”
Future Perfect: the first of the Resilient Alliances series.
This lecture-workshop will explore the notion of Existential Risk as seen through the lenses of history and fiction. MA Design: Expanded Practice student Chiara Di Leone is one of the organisers of the event.
Thomas Moynihan is a researcher from the UK. He has recently gained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, focusing on intellectual history and existential risk. Through his work, he aims to supply a historically reflective dimension to the emerging field of ‘future studies’, elucidating its place within the wider history of ideas and contextualising such frontiers of inquiry within the longest-range dynamics of philosophical and cultural modernity.
Anna Mikkola is a visual artist in residence at Somerset House Studios and Goldsmiths MFA alumna, exploring the ways technology, nature and culture are entangled in the process of knowledge creation. Considering that interfaces and infrastructures format lived reality, her work often materialises as videos and installations depicting narratives where different entities and points in time are woven together.
Anna and Thomas’ presentations will be followed by a workshop session in which participants will form their own alliances and respond to existential threats.
Where and When:
Goldsmiths University, London
Richard Hoggart Building, room #251
Tuesday 30th of April
18:30 – 21:00
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
On 28 March, MA Design: Expanded Practice students held an Open Studios evening to exhibit their work this term on four Transfocality projects. The briefs were as follows:
Things We Don’t Need to Know
This brief asked students to engage with the potential value of not knowing things. They were required to make things with, around or for hidden elements within society and culture, without exposing the secrets themselves. The aim was not to deny the negative or harmful effects of secrecy, but to look for areas where secret or hidden knowledge can generate positive or playful engagements.
DIY Digital Devices
This project was about imagining technological futures that are open, transparent and empowering. It built on ideas about ‘open source’ design, in which allowing people to make and modify their own technologies is touted as a means to revive democracy with citizens who are informed and actively engaged in creating their technological futures. The brief was run by the Interaction Research Studio and asked students to work in teams of four to design DIY digital devices or services that people can make and modify themselves.
This brief asked students to define their own concept of interlude and developing this into a making process. It explored poetic ways of making through an attention to duration (as a temporal dimension) and position (as a spatial dimension) of the interlude. This is where gaps, diversions, rhythms, imperfections, atmospheres come into focus to investigate our understandings of interlude and how this may be designed into making processes.
Care has recently become a focus of increased public concern, political debate and research in the UK, Europe and the US, and there seems to to be a crisis of care in areas such as healthcare, in social care, migration and the environment. This brief asked students to work through what care might mean in relation to design. Can we unpick, rethink, rebuild, redefine what is meant by understandings and practices of care through our work as designers? Can we imagine new ways of practicing design by examining the role of repair, maintenance, tinkering, growing and mending? Can we craft affective engagement, and attend to the ethics that arise?
A film made by third year BA Design student Kate Mason was selected to be shown as part of the group exhibition “ALIVE in the UNIVERSE” in the 2019 Venice Biennale. Kate’s film was originally created for her viva and final year exhibition and it stars Harry Plomer, a performance artist from Goldsmiths; the version shown in the Venice Biennale will be cut down to one minute, as it will be shown alongside films of similar length from artists all around the world. (You can watch Kate’s full film on YouTube).
Kate is currently developing two more films; she describes her creation process thus: “The films themselves are about foraging and sharing narratives through foraged objects. I will find an object that someone has left out to give away or discard “urban foraging” style. Then, I will write about the object, the relationship I have with it and that it has with the world around it, and form theories as to why it is where it is, as a lot of the time these objects aren’t usually or naturally situated out on the street. From these observations of form, functionality, relations and context I can then begin to create a narrative for the object investigation style and create a piece of writing based on this.” Once the writing is done, Kate will design the costumes and props for the film, and find a performer to act in it; the music will be produced by Josh Wilde, also a Goldsmiths student.