On Wed 21st October, Studio 223 at SWG3 will host a very informal Feral Studio / Make Works event, with Open Work presenting some ideas they’ve been developing using Make Works databases of makers and manufacturers. It’s a 5-way collab. The best kind of collab.
The second part of the evening might involve a making and manufacturing Pecha Kucha Roulette, featuring some of Glasgow’s hottest designers and makers (if we can get it together).
Waiting for the Gods is an experimental docufiction written and directed by friends Natalie Welsh and Alessandro Bertelle.
The film is an experimental docu-fiction about the incredibly enigmatic founder of Ancient Alien Theory, Erich von Däniken, and his theme park in Switzerland. He wrote the book Chariots of the Gods in 1968, and his ideas have infiltrated everything from Indiana Jones to the History Channel show, Ancient Aliens. Natalie and Alessandro went to the park to interview Erich and to capture his magnum opus in all its surreal artificiality. The film uses animated scenes as visually rich transitions between segments to create distance between reality and fiction and to let viewers float deep into the theories of Erich and the mystery of Jungfrau park.
Title design by Vis-Com-Des person, Ivor Williams (HT for the link). Produced by Fabrica.
What former students are up to #364: Moscow Journal is a diary by Sophie Dyer, documenting a research trip to Strelka in Moscow last year. In a round about way it was connected to the Inside Out School workshop Sophie helped run under the auspices of A Feral Studio.
Workshop: Rebecca will be leading a one day workshop on Wednesday 26th November. The workshop is open to all year groups across Comm Des. Numbers are limited to 20 places, Booking is essential, reserve a place here.
Talk: Rebecca will be talking about her practice and recent projects, *Update* Now to be held Thursday 27th, 4.30pm, Reid Lecture Theatre, Peter Reid Building, GSA. All welcome!
Rebecca Davies is an illustrator, performer and event organizer who has a deeply participatory practice. Her work centres around themes of ‘people and place’, exploring changes in heritage and how people’s surroundings, in constant flux, affect our communities.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, she has developed and directed a number of large scale participatory projects including Studio at the Elephant, transforming a unit in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre into a programmed arts studio and event space. This project has since developed into The Peoples Bureau funded by Tate Modern. From 2012-2014 Rebecca travelled the UK in The Beau Belles Ice Cream Van, a project funded by Arts Council England and produced by Artsadmin. This project explored ‘how we come together’ and celebrated the social rituals and traditions across the UK . Her most recent project has been selected to open the Mons Capital of Culture 2015.
We did a Conditional Design workshop recently, as part of the Feral Studio *If,Then* events. And I just happened across this video, coincidentally, prompted by a couple of questions from Sam. I thought it was worth posting as it’s relevant in terms of the discussion that might, or could, be generated from the previous post about ‘craft’.
The Crafts Council today launches its Education Manifesto. There’s a good debate to be had around ideas of craft. Does it encompass all aspects of making? And while it might seem a superficial question, does the deference to a sort of ‘keep calm and carry on’ visual language help widen out that debate?
Feral Studio Updates: An excellent resource from Lizzie Malcolm (who ran the patterns and parameters workshop, AFS001) is available online here, with a timeline of the work produced, alongside research reference points and template scripts. (You can also see some images of the public event, courtesy of Kirstin Kerr). Meanwhile, workshop 002 with Nik Roy is underway, and later this evening there’ll be a public event at the Lighthouse. Next week we look forward to welcoming Europa for a workshop, followed by a talk with Robert and Mia from Europa and David Bellingham at South Block. Then it’s a long winter break until we’re back on Garnethill.
Bowie: Fashion and Unpopular Culture (Tuesday 29th October), is yet another self-annointed interesting event from Com Des and Fashion + Textiles. Open to students + staff, the general public, and space oddities.
Vis Com Des person James Bettney has set up Takuro as a vehicle to work with widows in Nepal, (who can be ostracised from society following the death of their husbands), assisting them in establishing sustainable employment.
2 products are ready to launch on Kickstarter at the end of this month; a waxed canvas roll-top rucksack in 3 colours, (Gold, Green or Black) and a 100% cashmere scarf in 4 different colours.
Having enjoyed the last disjointed and dissociative blog-post so much, we thought we’d embark on another post rounding up links that might be of use in the current crop of graphics projects:
We start with this Beyond Entropy Publication. I’ve a copy, which I’ll bring in on Friday. The reason I have a copy is that it has ‘beyond’ in the title, and I buy any books that are about being beyond something. From there we move to entropy and communication, and the thought that the following films might be interesting:
Subsequently, we jump, via ambiguous symbols, to the typography topography project. The following film by Jonathan Meades asks many pertinent questions about the issues involved in this project – about money, class, ‘regeneration’, the languages of design – and it is all delivered in such a delicious style.
The clip above mentions the Islington Square development in Manchester, by FAT. From a ‘visual-language’ point of view, this is fascinating. In a style that is self-proclaimed as ‘radical post-modernism‘, questions of a dominant style, pluralistic narrative, the vernacular, the local and global are all mixed up*, with intriguing results.
Concrete Flux 流泥 is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary online journal, (edited by Solveig Suess, Vis-com-des person), which takes as its subject matter China’s hyper-fast emerging urban spaces, their meaning and one’s everyday experiences of them. They believe that a new configuration of space through urbanisation will lead to a new configuration of society. Their aim, then, is to contribute to some understanding of or gain insight into what these spaces, which seem to emerge faster than our minds can log and assess, may mean. Issue 1: Beijing is now live.