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Post-Grad Interest Group: Open Source Review

two people on a cylcing sculpture
two people on a cylcing sculpture

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Post-Grad Community
Published date
17 January 2022

Led by MA Product Design students, the overall aim of this Open Source Review Interest Group is to create a dialogue that links theory with practice within a cross-disciplinary membership.

Open source methodology is becoming increasingly prevalent within the context of modern manufacturing, ushering an optimistic dream of diminishing overproduction and bringing power to local communities using regional resources. However, many open source projects are unable to compete outside of the digital medium due to a lack of centralised purpose. The Open Source Review aims to challenge and expose the industrial paradigm our society has become so reliant on. We will do this by sharing work methods rather than finished products, bringing knowledge and critique to the current open source culture.

As an interest group, we seek to bring together cross-disciplinary individuals who are interested and experienced in open source methods. We want to explore how collaboration across different industries will bring forth a new age of open source.

Open to PhD and MA students at UAL 

The group aims to be an open, inclusive group which welcomes postgraduate students (MA and PhD) at UAL and other interested parties including UAL alumni.

What to expect

Activities for this interest group will include reading and discussing thematic text, open source case studies in the form of reviews and the opportunity to share and develop your projects with a receptive audiance. The aim is to create a dialogue that links theory with practice within a cross-disciplinary group.

Get in touch if interested

To register your interest, please email in the first instance

Group leaders

The Open Source Review group is founded and led by Derk Ringers and Sarah Idemoto - MA Product Design students at Central Saint Martins.

Post-Grad Interest Groups

UAL’s Post-Grad Community supports a growing number of issue-specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students/alumni and academics.

​These groups connect creatives with shared research/practice interests across different specialisms and subject areas.

PhD students have launched interest groups in the past to coincide with exhibitions and symposiums that they have organised under the same theme. Students have also used Interest Groups as a working group towards research or a standalone event or series.

Visit the Post-Grad Interest Group Directory to find more groups or learn how to set up your own!

Get in touch with the Post-Grad Community team

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