Found in Translation: Duarte da Costa Ferreira

This year’s MA in Design: Expanded Practice degree show, “Found in Translation” is taking place online starting December 7th until the end of the month. The Design blog is giving you a preview of the work created by the class of 2020; today, Duarte da Costa Ferreira.

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What’s your project about, in a nutshell?

“Sustainability” and Climate change can be hard to process and attack all in one go, so this project focuses on Water. And following that idea of breaking things down, instead of doing one big final project I approached it by making a series of smaller design interventions. These all exist in the realms of Futuring (a philosophy that goes one step further than sustainability, since to sustain is to maintain the same, and to Future is to act in a redirective manner that actually adds to the planet), Speculative Design and Water. From a game, to imagining a world where Water becomes the new currency, these projects aim to pose questions about how we want the Future of Water to be, and how we might engage people in these conversations. Continue reading “Found in Translation: Duarte da Costa Ferreira”

Found in Translation: Goldsmiths MA Design Class of 2020

Found in Translation poster

In this time of isolation and silence we are coming together to be ‘Found in Translation’. 

Join Goldsmiths MA Design 2020 to translate this silence into noise. Whilst working in these unusual circumstances we are transforming our solo thoughts to create a multifaceted graduate design show, which explores personal thoughts and solutions sparked by our current situations.

We are connecting from all over the world through the universal language of dance. It’s not just about dancing, it’s about dancing like no one is watching and coming together as a collective. We want to generate the noise from our own homes, reflecting from when our journey started together a year ago. Placing ourselves in this temporary state of play in an uncertain time we aim to celebrate togetherness. This is an exhibition which will remind us that physical distance can’t stop our studio culture.

Cynthia Voza Lusilu explores community-based support for mental health

Cynthia Voza Lusilu (MA Design: Expanded Practice 2019) is one of the four young designers chosen by the Design Museum for their Designers in Residence programme to respond to this year’s theme of “Care”. The work she will be developing as part of the residency is a continuation of her MA project “Healing Chronicles”, which aimed to facilitate discussion around mental health support in Black British communities. 

Cynthia's Healing Chronicles toolkit at the 2019 MA Design Expanded Practice show: Confluence
Cynthia’s Healing Chronicles toolkit at the 2019 MA Design Expanded Practice show: Confluence

Cynthia was inspired to talk about mental health after her encounter with GARA (Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action) during their occupation of Deptford Town Hall in 2019, when students gathered to share their experiences as people of color: “My own experiences resonated with them and I felt like it was a way to validate them. The type of space that they managed to create is valuable and important, it allows people to talk about what they are going through on a collective level. Unfortunately, a lot of spaces and institutions are not designed to take into account the wellness of Black people, and the collective traumas that Black communities can go through because of systemic racism have a direct impact on their wellbeing. This is a problem of public concern.” Continue reading “Cynthia Voza Lusilu explores community-based support for mental health”