2018 BA Design show MOD: “The Baler” by Dewi Uridge

As the 2018 BA Design show MOD is drawing nearer, here is a peek at some of the work you’ll be able to see in the exhibition.

“Dewi Uridge’s project The Baler explores the relationship between the urban and the rural through identifying objects and spaces which play an important role in both environments. The project began with a focus on the sheep pen as a material metaphor, using it to facilitate workshops across London bringing structures of the rural in to the urban environment. In this process, Uridge recognised the urban design studios and workshops, specifically so-called Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs), as critical spaces where designers develop their practice, noticing the potential synergy between farm workshops and design studios.

Identifying these spaces as layering the farm and the city, Uridge identified a reciprocity between the 3D Printer and the baler, in that both perform repetitive taks with material inputs and outputs, collecting material, transforming it into shaped objects and then distributing it across territories.

In response, Uridge has designed The Baler, a tool that is taken for walks through London by an operator and a partner. It is designed to collect not only material data from the floor, but at the same time to act as a site of human data, as an object through which conversations about the relationship between the urban and the rural can occur. It then wraps the information, recording the conversations as it moves through the urban space.”

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.

2018 BA Design show reaches out to local communities

This year’s BA Design graduation show “Museum of Design” (MOD) is reaching out to local communities and young people in the Peckham area! The programme of events will include a panel discussion on Saturday 9 June, and an education day on Monday 11 June, where secondary school students from South East London will be invited to learn about the social and political functions and forms of design.

The events are intented to challenge the limited model of design education in schools, by demonstrating a range of practices through a private tour of the show and a series of workshops based on work from the exhibition.

The show itself will be structured into categories such as education, space, narrative and identity, which will address different political and societal concerns. The designers will engage with audiences as museum guides who conduct tours; as panelists in discussions; as educators in workshops; and as performers in live productions.

MOD is open to the public on 8-10 June; the Press and Industry Private View takes place from 6pm on Thursday 7th June 2018. Drinks at the event will be courtesy of sponsor Orbit Beers.

PhD student Tom Keene wins Warden’ Public Engagement Award

At the Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Awards for 2018, Goldsmiths Design PhD student Tom Keene was the winner in the Postgraduate Researcher category.

Tom won for for his project Database Estate, which documents the Save Cressingham Gardens Estate activist campaign fighting Lambeth Council’s plans for demolition.

The awards recognise and celebrate the work Goldsmiths researchers at all career stages did with members of the public in 2017.

Alumna Jodie Chinn brings empathy to political debate

In 2015, a year of general elections in the UK, Jodie Chinn’s BA Design graduation project, “House of Covvens”, attempted to envision a more equal society, questioning the hierarchies of Britain’s parliamentary system and incorporating feminine-coded knowledge. Jodie is now revisiting and expanding the project to fit the even more troubled political environment of today. For two weeks in May, she will hold ‘House of Covvens – South East London’,  an exhibition and event series centred around ten ‘Covvens’, non-hierarchical discussion spaces where everyone’s voice is welcomed and value. Jodie explains:

“When you’re exchanging information in our society, it’s often about the person who can talk the loudest, and it’s hierarchical. This project is about everyone having the space to talk and share what they know, it’s aiming to create a comfortable environment for expression. Halfway through the Covven, everyone is given the chance to reflect on what we’ve discussed, and make a clay object to represent this reflection. We then go around and let everyone explain what they have made, giving everyone the chance to speak and process their thoughts. People can leave their object in the space and these will collect together over the two weeks with a final event on the 29th of May presenting the process of the project. It’s not necessarily about coming up with ideas, but about creating a space for people to share thoughts and learn from each other. As part of this event there will also be foraging walks and sound performances on the new, quarter and full moon!”Read More »