Where: Staypineapple Chicago, The Loop, 1 W Washington Street, The Burnham Room, Chicago, IL 60602, United States
The event will begin with a brief overview of Goldsmiths given by Will Abraham, North America Admissions Officer, followed by a presentation from Dr. Juliette C. Kristensen, Programme Lead for the BA in Design.
In her talk, “Design at Goldsmiths: Postdisciplinary Practice in the Contemporary World”, Dr Kristensen will discuss the unique form of design philosophy, practice and education of the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. In situating the strengths of particular approaches and methods in the design work of this department, she will then discuss in detail the two taught programmes of design offered at Goldsmiths: the undergraduate BA Design programme; and the postgraduate MA Design Expanded Practice.
A documentary film by Amy Clegg (BA Design 2019) will be screened on 1 October at the Bolton Film Festival as part of the Student Documentary block. Amy’s film (and graduation project from Goldsmiths), titled “If I Get Like That Just Shoot Me”, looks into the ever-widening gap between the perception and reality of informal care for the elderly.
Starting out as a project for a BA Design brief, group of second year students have set up a friendly football tournament for barber shops in the local community. After a successful founding match, the Barbershop Football Tournament will continue this autumn with a focus on young players 15-21. A 7 team event will be hosted by Deptford Green School on 15 September; find out more from the event flyer.
Student Medina Mukhayer explains how the initial event came to be: “We were given a brief by the Wellcome Trust to create alternative narratives around mental health and to reach out to demographics that are least likely to engage with medical institutions in regard to their well being. In discovering that Afro-Caribbean barbers had taken on the role of unofficial counsellors in their communities, due to social political histories, we wanted to accredit and utilise the organic power by these spaces.
We set up the Barbershop football tournament as a means of strengthening support systems within the social networks that are held within each shop, inviting a couple of different shops to create a positive unifying effect in wider communities and open up a dialogue about mental health.”
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 Noriyoshi Bernard Hitachi:
“My project began with investigating the question “Why can’t icons last forever?” a supposition predicated on the notion of longevity and tension between iconicity and ephemerality. Contextually belonging to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (1979), designers investigated how the present would use icons to visually communicate risk and danger to the future. In order to define the boundaries of what an icon is, I initially looked at graffiti as it were an abundant and accessible urban icon. However, over the course of the project, I identified that cultures and rituals are more effective iconic entities, since the vehicle itself implicates the necessity for active maintenance in its preservation, therefore proposing that ways of preserving meaning and communicating ideas over time belong not within objects but in repetition of behaviors and actions.
Iconicity is built from the repetitive behaviors of collective ephemeral actions. Having this as a foundation, I used the graffiti artist as an urban performer, an anonymous character that people play into. In this role, the choices that are made are merely in accordance with how people expect a graffiti artist to act. I created the robe as a catalyst object, a costume that allows users to belong within a larger collective narrative and performance of graffiti. I am interested in this particular relationship between the graffiti and robe as an ephemeral object, and the performance of graffitti-ing as an iconic behaviour. The aim of the project is to unfold this question through creating a series of objects that interact within the space and generate points tension.”