Our Goldsmiths Design Festival starts today

trojan brewery
The Trojan Brewery project

Are you ready for the Goldsmiths Design Festival? Our week of free events celebrating design starts today, and there are so many things for you to do and see on campus!

The opening lecture with Maarten Gielen of Rotor will take place at 7 pm in Room LG02 of the Professor Stuart Hall Building. In the morning, starting 10:30, our PhD students will present their research in a ‘PhD Show and Tell’ session in room LG01 of the same building. Interested in an immersive theatre performance? Go to the Lockwood Building annexe starting 5:30 pm.

With the Trojan Beer Project, you can enjoy beer and find out about atmospheric data. It’s a win-win situation, so drop by the Ground Floor Cafe in the Professor Stuart Hall building in the evening. There will also be a party at the Student Union until late in the night, there will be music and DJs, there will be exhibitions all over campus–  Our Alumni Pop-Up Shows, in particular, come with an artist talk  today: at 6 pm in the Atrium of the Stuart Hall building, don’t miss it.

MA.DE GOLD, The 2015 Postgraduate Show starts today at the festival as well. You will be able to see the work of the MA students exhibited on campus (Whitehead Building for the MA Fashion, Stuart Hall Building and Lockwood Annexe Studios for the other courses). Films made by MA students will be shown as well, and in the evening you’ll be able to see an experimental interaction dining performance by Critical Practice student Eunji Han.

So we hope you’re ready for a day full of design events!

Draw to Perform symposium comes to Goldsmiths Design Festival

Rachel Grant at a previous Draw to Perform, photo by Marco Berardi
Rachel Grant at a previous Draw to Perform, photo by Marco Berardi

Draw to Perform is an international symposium curated by Israeli-born artist Ram Samocha and focused on the connection between performance art and drawing. If you’re interested to see with your own eyes how such a connection works in practice, you’re in luck, as Draw to Perform is coming to Goldsmiths Design Festival!

The event will include video screenings, live drawing performances, talks and lectures by artists and art historians. The artists performing at Goldsmiths will be:

Rachel Grant– a visual artist living in Aberdeen; “her practice is process led, stemming from a fundamental curiosity in the act of making itself.”

Katrina Brown, interdisciplinary choreographer;

Poppy Jackson  , who”makes actionist work exploring the female body as an autonomous zone.”

Ram Samocha and Roberto Feo of El Ultimo Grito will introduce the symposium and participate in a panel discussion with the artists after the performances.

Draw to Perform at Goldsmiths will take place on 5 September starting 10 am, in Room LG02 of the Professor Stuart Hall Building. To book your free place, email ram_samocha@yahoo.com.

Image source: Draw to Perform Facebook page

Illegal Town Planning: Rhyl at Goldsmiths Design Festival

What would community town planning with local people look like? A project at our upcoming Goldsmiths Design Festival explores this idea in an exhibition focused on the Welsh town of Rhyl.

“The intention is not necessarily to produce a viable town plan, but to create a forum where local ideas about a town’s future might be discussed and presented in different ways. The project is intended as a platform for local participants to express personal visions through ambitious, large scaled plans. We hope to capture these moments through films, drawings, photography, (fictional) town planning documents and schemes as well as the architecture that will make up ‘Master Plans.’ The process hopes to reveal the ideas or concerns of local people and show ambitious ideas that would not normally be given a platform. These plans are given licence to be single-minded, devoid of bureaucracy, detached from financial reality and ambitious”.

The project is led by renowned designer and Goldsmiths lecturer Jimmy Loizeau, together with a team that includes other Goldsmiths staff and alumni: Tee Byford Flockhart, Neil Crud, Charlie Evans, Hannah Fasching, Hefin Jones, Lynne Jones, Paula Jones, Belen Palacios and Matthew Ward. The exhibition will be on all throughout the Festival (3-9 September) in the Kingsway Corridor of the Richard Hoggart Building at Goldsmiths; artist guided talks will take place on 3 and 4 September.