MA Design: Expanded Practice students tackle fresh brief in new studio space

Starting this year, MA students in the Design department have the use of new studio spaces based in the Lewisham & Southwark College (LESOCO) campus at Deptford Bridge, a short walk from the main Goldsmiths campus. (Design students shouldn’t be too worried about missing out on the Goldsmiths vibe and connections: the MFA in Fine Art studios are also based at LESOCO.)  On the day these photos were taken, the new studios were already abuzz with activity and work in progress.

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MA workshops with Professor John Wood

Emeritus Professor John Wood recently held two talks/workshops for MA in Design: Expanded Practice students. The complete talks are now available to watch online:

June 15th: “Which Came First – Designing or Writing?”

Why, as designers, might we want (or need) to write things down? This workshop challenged some assumptions about the tradition, nature and purpose of academic writing. It used images and texts in a way that helps balance a sense of curiosity with the need to communicate clearly.

June 29th: “A Minimum Grammar For Design Thinking”

This workshop developed some of the ideas offered in John’s last session. It briefly sketched out a strategic and comprehensive method (developed at Goldsmiths) to help balance the designer/author’s aims and responsibilities with the full implications of their chosen topic.

Amplification through Design: symposium

How can Design amplify the signals of social, environmental & political change?

On 19 February, the MA in Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths Design is hosting an evening symposium on Amplification through Design, featuring a keynote talk by Alastair Fuad-Luke.

The event will take place between 5-9 pm in the Hexagon room (Lockwood Building); you can register to book a free ticket through EventBrite.

 

Musée des Refusés exhibition, MA Design Expanded Practice: Disrupting mass surveillance

2017 was the year the Design department at Goldsmiths launched its new, post-disciplinary MA in Design: Expanded Practice. For their first brief on the programme, students were asked to work in teams and approach museums from a different perspective: Musée des Refusés, a space in which what is rejected by museums, cultural institutions and/or by society as a whole may claim attention.

One of the teams decided to take a deeper look at mass surveillance in public spaces and how it could be disrupted. Fivos Avgerinos, Riya Gokharu, Wonji Jeong, Erin Liu and Anastasiya Vodolagina created masks that can ‘trick’ facial recognition software used in surveillance cameras, and in the process, help us question why we have become so accepting of mass surveillance in the first place.

What does the mask do, exactly?

Erin: “Biometric facial recognition works by mapping certain landmarks onto your face which are called nodal points, measuring the distance between the eyes, the width of the nose, the shape of the cheekbones and the shape of the jawline. The mask tricks facial recognition software into believing those landmarks are elsewhere, which gives them false results.” Continue reading “Musée des Refusés exhibition, MA Design Expanded Practice: Disrupting mass surveillance”