- “Modular Habitats” by Design graduate Lauren Davies is part of the online gallery “Design in an age of crisis” at the London Design Biennale.
- Featured on Short of the Week: “The Retreat”, a film produced by alumnus Jordi Morera (BA Design 2013).
- A ‘modular opera’ produced during the Covid-19 lockdown by alumnus Haroon Mirza (MA Design Critical Practice 2006), “Ikon year zero”, can be watched for free via Ikon Gallery and YouTube until February 14th.
- Isabella Jones (BA Design 2020) talked about being a carer for her grandmother in The Sun. Isabella’s graduation project was a creative take on memory loss.
- Listen to MA Design Expanded Practice graduate Lisa George talking about ‘Cornrows and Headwraps’, a project using a hand made braiding tool to collect stories of Afro-Caribbean hair practices.
Alumni-founded studio Sibley Grove won The Eco Award at the Hotel Designs Brit List Awards 2020.
Alumna Wendy Lau (MA Design: Critical Practice 2017) recently completed a collaborative residency project in Japan, working to create a kinetic art installation with participation from the local community. The outcome was exhibited at Matsudo City Festival; find out more about the work from Wendy’s website.
Wendy shared with us a few reflections on her work in Japan and the current direction of her career:
“I participated in the creative programme PARADISE AIR in Japan with a financial grant from the Hong Kong Government. I was staying in the town Matsudo, only 30 minutes away from the vibrant and hectic Tokyo. I lived there for a month making art creations for the programme. I was impressed by the organisers’ passion and commitment to building a more vivid and cultural neighbourhood in the Matusdo City through art experience. One thing I have to mention – the accommodation and studio space I was offered was a former love hotel! The team started the programme about 5 years ago with support from the local government, and they revitalised the place into an art hub hosting international artists for residency programmes, as well as providing studios for local creatives. The concept came from an ancient tradition in that area that people paid for staying overnight by leaving a piece of art, not money. I found it really interesting and I was glad that they found a smart way to continue the custom in modern society. Continue reading “MA alumna Wendy Lau talks about art residency project in Japan”
Alumna Wendy Lau (MA Design: Critical Practice 2017) recently spent six weeks as artist in residence for the Guandu International Nature Art Festival in Taipei, alongside several international artists. Wendy wrote to us about the experience and its significance to her life and career:
“I have learned and experienced so much in this residency, in both aspects of my profession and personal philosophy. Designing creations for a nature park was a new challenge for me, because I had to consider artwork existing in an outdoor context as well as using on-site materials which should not be harmful to that environment. There were limitations at the beginning, but then I managed to turn them into my inspiration, and re-directed my initial approach to a more explorative one. Continue reading “MA alumna writes about her experience as artist in residence in Taipei”
Ingvild Bjertnæs Augestad’s graduation project from the MA in Design: Critical Practice aims to spread knowledge about gender identity by telling stories of transgender people, through an organisation called LABELLED:
“I have designed a platform for communication about a non-traditional perception of gender. I created different examples of communication tools through the strategy of telling and gathering stories from all kinds of people, with a focus on transgender people. LABELLED is the organisation and it is supposed to publish, for example, postcards with facts about a non-traditional gender perception, engaging you to write down your own story and send it back to the organisation. There are also school-kits for collecting information from children, which put them in a situation of thinking about differences and identity, and how unique they are, because everyone is different. There are also the LABELLED talks, seminars where the organisation has set up a frame for what kind of subjects are important to different audiences, such as nurses or doctors. There are the posters, which are telling stories of gender fluid people through pictures and text. The aim of the organisation LABELLED is to keep a positive attitude, and to make people feel engaged and surprised. Continue reading “Goldsmiths Design Festival 2017: Ingvild Augestad explores identities and labels”