VIEW SOURCE: #11
26 February 2016
This week's edition is all about makers. As his second series of Looking Sideways goes out on Resonance FM for Lighthouse, presenter Andrew Sleigh takes a look at utopian architecture, open source design, and the collision of art and engineering. Plus, there's a creative project for the weekend.
Exhibition Installation. Photo Taran Wilku
WALTER SEGAL EXHIBITION AT AA GALLERY
While Segal isn’t a subject in the series, utopian (or just disruptive) design systems form a common thread that runs through the series. The exhibition, Walter’s Way: The Self-Build Revolution, built into a Segal-style skin inside the Architectural Association gallery, explores the pioneering work of the architect, and the forward-looking city officials and local residents he worked with in Lewisham in the 1980s. Plus, the AA has an excellent bookshop. A hidden gem in London.
SARA HENDREN AT EYEO
Sara runs the Adaptation + Ability Group at Olin College, in Massachusetts, working on prosthetics, human augmentation, and all the places where the body meets the rest of the world. For me, she plots a rewarding course between art and engineering. This presentation is an object lesson in how to talk about your work. Insightful, surprising and with a little heartbreak too.
Scrap Table / 2009. Photo Ryan LeCluyse
WILL HOLMAN ON (NOT) MAKING IT IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Will is a designer and maker, and a prolific sharer of projects on online platforms. In an age when we’re told this is the way to reach an audience, Will knows more than most about how this works in practice, and here, throws some much-needed cold water on the fire. There’s a difference between lowering the barriers to entry, and lowering the barriers to success.
I’ve been a fan of this open-source design system for several years now. Based around a shared grid and modular parts that can be endlessly reconfigured, it’s a fascinating experiment in collaborative design. If you like the grid aesthetic, and modular systems that promise endless configurability, you’ll love their blog, which is full of inspiration. This video is a fun little stop-motion promo showing off some of the basic principles of the system.
The making of The Anarchist’s Design Book
LOST ART PRESS
If you’re looking for a present for me (ahem), just get anything from this page of the Lost Art Press website. Chris Schwartz shows that the practice of craft, and the knowledge of how to work by hand can be a radical act. And that looking to the past for inspiration need not be nostalgic. I’d recommend The Anarchist’s Design Book. You can get most Lost Art Press books in the UK from Classic Hand Tools.
ORDINARY MADE EXTRAORDINARY
Looking for a creative project for the weekend? Pascal Anson shares many ways to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary in this video series on YouTube. Here’s one you can do quite easily with just a t-shirt, some fabric dye and an iron. With dramatic results.
Looking Sideways is a Lighthouse production, broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 5pm, and repeated Thursdays at 3pm on Resonance 104.4FM. Available on FM in central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world. Shows are also available shortly after broadcast, with show notes and links, on the Looking Sideways website.
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