BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts at London College of Communication is a future-facing course. It playfully explores interactions between people, objects and systems across a variety of designed experiences in an environment where ideas hold sway over technology.
This year’s line-up of work in LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 2 includes a diverse range of interactive installations, moving image projects, performance and physical computing crossing the boundaries of high-tech, low-tech and no-tech.
Explore a handful of the projects on show...
The Saddle Project
London based designer Charlie Boyden breaks things, make things and fixes things, to explore objects, experiences and materials, through process heavy solutions. His work verges on the edge of sculpture, design and fine art but overall aims to challenge the function of objects in our everyday lives.
The Saddle Project is part of a broader interest and investigation into the design and evolution of objects. Using saddles as the main investigation point, Charlie challenges function and evokes thought around the subject of ‘finished objects’, through the creation of eleven alternative saddle solutions.
Monoculture has gone bananas!
The #nohairybanana is a campaign in collaboration with GM Freeze with the mission to increase customer demand for diversity within banana consumption and save the Cavendish banana. The world goes bananas, for banana and especially the Cavendish, the one you find in your local supermarket, but there is a problem!
A deadly fungus called Panama disease or Tropical Race 4 is spreading across plantations in Africa and south East Asia, killing off the plants. According to scientists there is only a matter of time before the fruit becomes extinct. The problem with the Cavendish is that they are all genetically identical. This is great for sales, since it creates customer loyalty and makes it easier to transport, but biologically it is an issue.
Growing a crop in monoculture makes it more susceptible to diseases, something we see with the proliferation of TR4. Some scientists are trying to genetically modify the Cavendish to make it resilient, claiming that this is the only way to save it, whilst others believe that we can save the Cavendish by eating a greater variety of the fruit, giving the crop time to recover naturally by promoting greater bio diversity.
Created at the Bauhaus in 1923, Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Schiffbauspiel may give rise to an infinite variety of constructions. Despite being emblematic of the school’s progressive pedagogy, the piece similarly calls attention to the story of Alma’s and the female body of students at the Bauhaus as a whole, who were ultimately failed by the school’s ideals.
The Bauhaus opened its doors to students from all over the world, to men and women equally, with the intention of providing a space to design and build for a new future. The school’s alternative, holistic approach towards education was, however, obstructed by its time. Equal opportunities amongst all students, as stated in the manifesto, were after all limited to male privilege. Alma’s child c creations were rather hidden behind the clean white walls of Bauhaus architecture.
In celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary, grand efforts are made to emphasise its impact on modern design all over the world, praising the timeless beauty of nowadays horrendously expensive Bauhaus „classics“. The twenty-two colourful wooden building blocks shall instead be an invitation to reflect upon the way we learn and teach today and what we might gain by drawing on Bauhaus pedagogy.
If It's not Grown It's Mined
‘If It’s Not Grown It’s Mined’ is an interactive shopping experience which explores the impact mining industries have on the environment and communities. Visitors to the shop can choose from a variety of everyday items and discover what elements have been extracted from different mines located around the world in order to make their chosen item.
The environmental and social impacts of the extraction process are also revealed. The aim is for visitors to reflect on their own consumption habits as well as to encourage visitors to push for the cultural and political change we need to see in the current climate and ecological emergency.
LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 2 takes place from 19–22 June 2019.