Miguel is an MA Fashion Media Production student, who is building a robot that prints textiles, based on its environment.
What were you doing before joining the course?
I was finishing my first degree in Interaction Media Design. 20 days later I was on a12-hour flight, on my way here. It landed 21 hours before my first class.
Why did you choose to study MA Fashion Media Production at LCF?
The course is very broad in a good way and working with film and new media is encouraged, but I have not felt by any means creatively constrained. Also, everyone on the course comes from different academic backgrounds, so you get to learn by just watching other students work.
Tell me about your experience of the course. What are the highlights so far?
I have been playing all year at the Digital Anthropology Lab at LCF. They’ve got a variety of new digital technologies and it’s a great place to question what fashion may eventually be turned into. I also took part in the Kering x LCF project on sustainability, which was an opportunity to consider how the fashion industry, environment and society intersect.
What is the balance of theoretical and practical work on the course?
Every practical outcome needs to be backed up by a reflective written piece. I would say 50 / 50.
Can you tell us about your multi-media Masters projects?
Yes. It’s a robot. He painted this the other day (see image of Miguel above). It will gather data from the environment (weather, sound levels) and then paint on textiles based on it. The idea is to imagine a scenario in which a machine, created for manufacturing processes, may appear to become sentient when sensing what is around it. To me, it’s just fun to experiment with how the user-product-industry relationship is affected by what a machine may ‘feel’.
What is the most exciting thing about progress in new technologies?
It’s the fact that everything is chaotic and messy. There is very little room for certainty so you can be more speculative and playful. If you’re in luck, your hypotheses will work as expected and if not, you can just laugh at the bizarre results you may get.
In what ways do you hope new technologies will change the industry?
In any way that enhances humanity. I only hope we’re not swarmed by artefacts we can’t make sense of.
What are you plans for after you’ve left LCF?
I want to work a lot. I will also polish my robot for the MA show.
What advice would you give students considering studying on this course?