I'm very excited to tell you that I will be showcasing the project I have been working on for the last couple of busy months in Chile at Ventura Lambrate 2015
Please stay tuned for more info on HATCH, a furniture and textiles collection that will be on display at the Minini Gallery between the 14 and 19 of april, as part of a super exciting show prepared with my lovely colleagues from All things in Between
I have been a bit busy these last two weeks so I wasn't able to update this website properly, specially in regards to the recent London Design Festival.
In addition to I Saw The Future, the collective show we co-organised with some former classmates from the MA at Designersblock, I was lucky enough to be invited to show at 100%Design. It was a bit of a marathonic week but overall an amazing opportunity to present the project in two very different and challenging contexts.
First Designersblock: we had a blast. It was a fantastic experience and a chance to share our projects with a public mostly linked to design and the creative industries. Thanks to the Designersblock team and all the other exhibitors for making us feel so welcomed and for their interest and respect for our work. We were featured in Inhabitat's selection of best of Designersblock 2014 so hooray!
The show I was invited to take part in was Graduate Talent of The Future and it was co-curated by 100%Design and Hèloïse Parke, from the prestigious Aram Gallery in London. The group of graduates was very diverse and it did help to create a "hub" of more experimental work along with the Design Futures stand, as part of the International Pavillion at the Earls Court exhibition centre.
As another exciting and very surprising event, I was invited to share the stage with the always interesting Gigi Barker for the talk Design Futures: How Rethinking Materials Will Reshape Product Design organised by Kingston University and the Design Museum.
Again, an excellent experience thanks to the organisation from both 100%Design and the team from Kingston University.
I wrote a report about I Saw The Future for the Chilean webpage specialised in design Catalogodiseno that you can find here (in Spanish).
Thanks for the very nice post. Please visit their page to read more about my project and browse among the other interesting areas and projects they cover related to technology and new paths for arts and design.
Mi proyecto de MA Imminent Body (Cuerpo Inminente) fue destacado en el sitio super cool Artists & Algorists.
Gracias por el muy buen artículo. Visiten su página para leer más de mi proyecto y revisar las otras áreas y proyectos que cubren relativos a tecnología y nuevos caminos para el arte y el diseño.
Last year (2013) in May I had the chance to present this exciting project at Nissan Design Europe as part of the MA Textile Futures (now Material Futures) course. I wasn't able to upload it before because of the privacy agreement but finally here it is.
The name of the project was Emerging Cities / Emerging Trends and the idea was, as the name indicates, to explore the emerging behaviours and scenarios in cities that are now witnessing accelerated growth.
Fulfiling a personal fascination with spies I chose Moscow between three cities (Lagos, Nairobi and Moscow) and you can see the results here.
El año pasado (2013) en mayo tuve la oportunidad de presentar este interesante proyecto en las oficinas de Nissan Design Europe como parte del MA Textile Futures (ahora Material Futures). No podía publicarlo antes por motivos de privacidad pero finalmente acá está.
El nombre del proyecto era Emerging Cities / Emerging Trends (Ciudades emergentes / Tendencias Emergentes) y la idea era, tal como el nombre lo indica, explorar los patrones de comportamiento y contextos emergentes en ciudades que presencian un crecimiento acelerado.
Satisfaciendo una fascinación personal con los espías escogí Moscú entre tres ciudades (Lagos, Nairobi y Moscú) y los resultados los pueden ver acá.
Timeframe for the project with stills from 2001 and Blade Runner. Extract from critical text handed in on May 2014
I used the two movies I consider to be more successful in terms of defining a specific year for the project.
It could not be less than 37 years but as 2014 + 37 = 2051 that sounds a bit weak or "too near". We are conditioned in a way to remember certain numbers better than others. According to Pythagoras' number theory both movies' years are masculine years (even). I decided for 2057 because seven (7) or Heptad is considered a perfect number. It also has among its names Fortune and Occasion "because it occurs casually and opportunely to everything".1
So, a little bit about the scenario in 2057 and the pieces I developed for the project:
What can happen with society if it is now forced to interact and understand things and devices in a different way?
How can textiles enable us to envision our ability to comprehend the boundaries and outcomes of the interaction between conscious materials and us?
The piece focuses its attention in materials now considered as objects and what is a device. The dialogue we will be able to have with materials that are no longer obedient executors of our will but a more autonomous entity that will demand different ways of handling and tools that suit this new nature in order to work with them.
I have received several requests to upload the timelines of my project. I developed these two timelines when I was mapping out the information at the beginning of the project.
There was so much information that I decided the only way I could understand it was to turn it into a timeline, then that timeline became two and that is how I was able to identify some common things across history that I wanted to use for the project. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions about them (also if you need them in higher resolution for your blog, projects or press purposes).
Feel free to use them and remember to credit them properly!
And continuing with the Imminent Body fever I can now show you the secret repository I kept throughout the project.
I used it to store references and it tells a bit about the visual and aesthetic journey of the project. You can find a wide variety of references, from Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes' quotes to stunning images of Yohji Yamamoto or Hussein Chalayan's work.
It is here: imminentbody.tumblr.com . Please feel free to drop by and use the references you need or to add me as your Tumblr contact 😉