Article by BA Design alumna Belen Palacios
A year after my own degree show, I had the chance to visit the BA Design 3rd year students while they set up xv show. Thriving beyond the fatigue, they talk about their initial steps, their goals, their challenges and the way in which their designs interrogate our world.
Some projects blur the lines in between the designer and the performer. Lukas Valiauga has explored the limits of personal identity in neo-capitalism. He has made himself a product for which every decision is a strategical formulation in between risk and potential. He explains that by using performance to look at his persona from a strategic point of view, everything in his life has become a prop. His amended suit and his raised shoes make him a puppet of what his investors want him to become. Even though his performance might seem extreme, he urges the audience to question “how is that different to any of us?” Lukas will be giving speeches to stakeholders during the show and you can buy shares of Luck Inc. to decide the future of his enterprise. Continue reading “Venture into fields of interrogation at xvshow”
This year’s Undergraduate Degree show, ‘xvshow’, will open tomorrow, 5 June, with the private view evening, and will then be open to the public until 8 June at 4 pm. The place is The Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, postcode E1 6QR.
“Out there is a world filled with complexity and contradictions; built from infinite intertwining systems; where change is the only constant; where uncertainty is certain and defining is problematic.
Here you will find a design practice which acknowledges, engages with, enjoys and acts upon the complexity of the world. Here you will navigate through fields of interrogation which intersect and then separate, which connect and then contradict”, says the show’s manifesto.
Don’t miss xvshow! And before you visit, have a look at the show’s website to find out what the projects are all about in a nutshell, and where they stand on different scales of Public/Private, Artificial/Natural, Fiction/Reality etc.
Are you ready for this year’s Undergraduate Design Show?
It’s not far away, and we can now give you the official time and place: 5-8 June 2015, at the Old Truman Brewery.
The show’s title is “xv”: “Here you will encounter work measured on scales of impermanent and shifting variables. You will witness a rejection of static identifications and definitions.”
For more information on behind the scenes preparation, follow the xv account on Twitter- and don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook.