Resilient Alliances #1: Future Perfect

Future Perfect: the first of the Resilient Alliances series.

This lecture-workshop will explore the notion of Existential Risk as seen through the lenses of history and fiction. MA Design: Expanded Practice student Chiara Di Leone is one of the organisers of the event.

Speakers:

Thomas Moynihan is a researcher from the UK. He has recently gained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, focusing on intellectual history and existential risk. Through his work, he aims to supply a historically reflective dimension to the emerging field of ‘future studies’, elucidating its place within the wider history of ideas and contextualising such frontiers of inquiry within the longest-range dynamics of philosophical and cultural modernity.

Anna Mikkola is a visual artist in residence at Somerset House Studios and Goldsmiths MFA alumna, exploring the ways technology, nature and culture are entangled in the process of knowledge creation. Considering that interfaces and infrastructures format lived reality, her work often materialises as videos and installations depicting narratives where different entities and points in time are woven together.

Anna and Thomas’ presentations will be followed by a workshop session in which participants will form their own alliances and respond to existential threats.

Where and When:

Goldsmiths University, London

Richard Hoggart Building, room #251

Tuesday 30th of April

18:30 – 21:00

RSVP to resilientalliances@gmail.com to register your interest.

MA DEP students exhibit work in Transfocality Open Studios evening

On 28 March, MA Design: Expanded Practice students held an Open Studios evening to exhibit their work this term on four Transfocality projects. The briefs were as follows:

Things We Don’t Need to Know

This brief asked students to engage with the potential value of not knowing things. They were required to make things with, around or for hidden elements within society and culture, without exposing the secrets themselves. The aim was not to deny the negative or harmful effects of secrecy, but to look for areas where secret or hidden knowledge can generate positive or playful engagements.

DIY Digital Devices

This project was about imagining technological futures that are open, transparent and empowering. It built on ideas about ‘open source’ design, in which allowing people to make and modify their own technologies is touted as a means to revive democracy with citizens who are informed and actively engaged in creating their technological futures. The brief was run by the Interaction Research Studio and asked students to work in teams of four to design DIY digital devices or services that people can make and modify themselves.

Interludes

This brief asked students to define their own concept of interlude and developing this into a making process. It explored poetic ways of making through an attention to duration (as a temporal dimension) and position (as a spatial dimension) of the interlude. This is where gaps, diversions, rhythms, imperfections, atmospheres come into focus to investigate our understandings of interlude and how this may be designed into making processes.

Caretakers

Care has recently become a focus of increased public concern, political debate and research in the UK, Europe and the US, and there seems to to be a crisis of care in areas such as healthcare, in social care, migration and the environment. This brief asked students to work through what care might mean in relation to design. Can we unpick, rethink, rebuild, redefine what is meant by understandings and practices of care through our work as designers? Can we imagine new ways of practicing design by examining the role of repair, maintenance, tinkering, growing and mending? Can we craft affective engagement, and attend to the ethics that arise?

 

“Iterations”: First-ever MA in Design Expanded Practice degree show engages with complex contemporary issues

The first batch of students to graduate from our new MA in Design: Expanded Practice had their degree show last week, under the title “Iterations”. The show was open to the public 14-16 December, with a private viewing for industry and press on the evening of 13 December and an evening for family and friends on 15 December.

The opening night of the exhibition was a multi-sensory and interactive experience: virtual reality headsets, archery, the smell of chicken soup coming from a live cooking station.

MA DEP students chose to engage with a variety of complex contemporary issues, social, environmental and industrial, in their final projects. A few projects have already been featured on the Design blog in previous weeks (follow the Iterations tag).Read More »