Confluence Exhibition Dec 2019
Confluence Exhibition took place during December 2019 in NewCross, London, United Kingdom. This MA Degree show consisted of work from all students and showcased each individual's practice as well as our progress as a cohort. My project submission was Compendium.
My role in this exhibition was to collaborate with Georgina Habgood (@geeorrrge) as the two person publication team within the show committee to realise the catalogue concept, gather photos and information on over 100 participating designers, write and edit copy, and print the catalogue on deadline within a tight budget. My contribution included layout and editorial design for the entire catalogue as well as a shared workload on Georgina's information gathering and organisational tasks.
Related Work: Print & Publication Gallery
The viewer curated their own unique catalogue by selecting each designers individual double sided A5 page situated near the work itself, then the viewer could add it to their catalogue sleeve in the order they see fit. The viewer has the choice while viewing each work to take or leave the page associated with that designer. Double sided pages here are shown side by side, and can be identified as corresponding by the three digit number unique to each designer located on both the 'front' and 'back' of each page.
Related Work: Compendium
Confluence 2019 Mission Statement
One definition of confluence is the flowing together of two or more streams to become a larger river. There is something beautiful in the paths each stream traces; however, our Public Programme looks at the junction where they all come together.
The work of the 103 students that make up the 2018-2019 MA Design Expanded Practice cohort is certainly worth individual attention, but we put forth that arranging and viewing the work collectively demonstrates the expansion of practice.
With individual hopes, aspirations, and solving for unique problems, expanding practice involves thinking beyond ourselves — thinking of an audience, a reader, a listener; thinking of each other as collaborators, co-creators, co-researchers; recognising our environments as contexts and sites that our work is necessarily situated in; considering the methods we are comfortable with and the ones we challenge ourselves to try; recalling the history of thought that came before us and imagining into the distant future, designing for one thousand years from now.
Organising work by format: object, film, publication, live work, and large-scale, we intentionally let work that engages with different concerns sit together. Navigating our practices this way is not intended to highlight the formats chosen, but to allow for an exhibition experience where concepts crossover and blend — evoking the same experience of being in the MA itself, where the programme allows for the exploration of ideas to wind up where they may.
We now know that expansion turns into contraction. The sprawling thought and action that moves beyond the individual distills into something concentrated; the wild-ranging concepts and methods take new shapes. From an array of present-day contradictions — serendipitous, relational, evolving design forms emerge and converge.