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”

Interaction design and new perspectives on museums at the MUTAGEN/Musée des Refusés show

Last week, the 2017 graduating class of the MA in Interaction Design exhibited their final projects, alongside work by current students of the MA in Design: Expanded Practice.

Interaction Design graduates have reached the end of a 15-month programme, and their output reflects the diversity of their perspectives and approaches, with projects tackling topics as varied as redefining the limits of architecture, Saudi futurism, or measuring time through a drawing machine.

Meanwhile, the very first cohort of Expanded Practice students are responding to the Musée de Refusés brief, reinterpreting the museum to showcase objects and ideas rejected by traditional museum spaces. Students worked in groups and offered innovative interpretations, from investigating museum artefacts acquired through colonialism to proposing a museum space where touching the displays is encouraged.

Interviews with more details about the projects will be coming soon, so watch this space! Meanwhile, more photos from the exhibition can be found on our Facebook page.