Vectors

6th November 2013

Design Beyond Making is a group exhibition of 8 design provocators who explore the fine line between design, tech, science, sustainability and materiology. Having opened last week I finally made it yesterday to pop in and say hi.

Brought together by the newly formed Vectors headed up by ex Textile Futures Ma students Miriam Ribul and Ann- Kristin Abel as well as fellow designer Paul Ferragut , they in collaboration with Protein are showcasing projects that explore future resources, material development and process innovation.

De-cellular from Amy Congdon and JJ Hastings explores future biotechnology processes and new materiality. A materials research project, De-Cellular literally removes the cells from organs such as kidney leaving the extracellular matrix that is then re worked into and embellished with crystals, colour and surface pattern.

Equally pushing our views on materials that are readily available to us but perhaps not at first glance is Miriam Ribul with her 'Recipes for Material Activism'. Taking the approach of a true materiologist, Ribul utilises common ingredients found in our homes to create new materials for making.

Taking a DIY approach 'Recipes for Material Activism' does not require specialised skills and opens up the dialogue about materials in an world with increasingly scarce raw materials.

Thought Harvester from Ann-Kristin Abel considers a more symbiotic relationship between man, nature and technology.

Ann sees the human mind as a factory producing 70,000 thoughts a day that could symbiotically link to a semi living synthetically grown organism that could harvest these thoughts and physically output these ideas. Made from synthetic and organic mass 'The Harvester' focuses the mind and helps explore material properties in a virtual yet physical way.



In addition the fantastic project from Jeongwon Ji is also on show as is the Alchemists Dressing Table from Lauren Davies, both recent graduates from the RCA.

Open until the 10th at 18 Hewett Street concept space it is worth a visit.

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