Tangled Systems is an exhibition of projects from the third graduating cohort of MA Interaction Design at Goldsmiths. This extremely diverse and boldly inventive group have accomplished a huge amount during their 15-month programme, not least in the strategies they have developed to take on the demands of the courses they undertake. Their graduating projects offer inventive mixes of empirical and speculative approaches which are responsive to the inheritances of human computer interaction, interaction design and co-design, while being mindful of and grappling with the concerns and methodologies of STS.
There is an ambition shared across these projects to deeply inhabit a frame of enquiry, and to generate a set of material that allows those encounters to be experienced by others. The topics and issues that support these enquiries are diverse, including 1) platforms for our engagement with the far future, or 2) exploring measurement as a precursor for environmental responsibility, 3) making interfaces that deepen the virtual relations of donors and beneficiaries, 4) challenging the disconnection between the words and actions of care, and 5) understanding the involvement in illness of patients and non-patients. Elsewhere, grammars of behaviour become exposed and applied in surprising contexts, in order to 6) understand how the techniques of reality TV production might inhabit our social media identities, or 7) how platforms for driverless transport can provide super powers for endangered cabbies, 8) how inventive methods of public engagement embolden our relations with surveillance infrastructure, and 9) how a psychological experiment regarding self-control helps rethink the institution of marriage. Finally, projects are vehicles for the experimental treatment of perceptions and emotions, where 10) extreme sounds act as triggers for memory, and 11) dreams are a medium for relations between people, 12) the altered perception of colour drives new experiences of mundane practices, 13) time-wasting becomes broadly reevaluated as a constructive mode, and 14) anger is nurtured through systematic training.
Come to St. James Hatcham Gallery in New Cross from December 7 - 10 to see these projects and speak to the people who have articulated individual and bold routes through the entanglements that characterise an expanded field of Interaction Design.
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