Communication & Design Research Projects

WEAR

CAMILLE BAKER 2017
WEAR brings wearable technology and smart/ e-textile stakeholders together, including designers and artists with technologists across Europe, to shift the design and development of the EU wearables industry toward addressing critical ethics and sustainability issues head-on in the research & development stages.  

Digitizing Henry Dreyfuss' Symbol Sourcebook

SUE PERKS 2017
In conjunction with project partners in China and USA we are considering the logistics of applying for international funding and creating a web based resource, as Henry Dreyfuss was unable to do in a pre-digital age. The archive is located at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York.

Silent Exchanges

IRO TSAVALA 2017
A collaborative project with author Henry Martin on the process of jointly creating a narrative interplay between words and images. Exploring a non-hierarchical relationship between the two forms of expression, whilst assessing the values and challenges of working collaboratively.

Urban Sketchers: Contemporary Boundaries of Reportage Illustration 2016

JAMES WALKER 2016
A series of interviews of speakers and participants at the Urban Sketchers 2016 symposium on the role and function of reportage/documentary illustration. Investigating what has led to the expansion of documentary/reportage illustration and how this is manifested in different groups. 

Hidden Sound/Lost Language

TOM NORTHEY 2016
Hidden Sound / Lost Language is a digital sonic project combining audio & live performance which explores the sounds of Bern, Switzerland. This project unearths a personal connection to the Swiss German dialect of Bernese, of my mother’s origin - investigated through field recordings to create unique, eerie and joyous soundscapes. 

Hacking the Body Part 2

CAMILLE BAKER 2016
Building on the discoveries from Hacking the Body Part 1, this project produced two functional and aesthetic wearable tech garment for dance with specific soft circuit sensors worn at a performance funded by Arts Council England. 

Timelines in Design

SUE PERKS 2016
Where Linguistics meets Design History’ (co-written with Nicola Whittingham UCA Language Support). Design and delivery of a 12-week non-mandatory course to help International students learn about western design and UCA studio culture. 

Speculative Tate

JAMES TRAFFORD 2015
A series of four, monthly open and informal ‘curated’ discussion forums at Tate Britain considering the relation between aesthetics and new forms of realism within post-Continental philosophy followed by three large scale public events consisting of seminars, curated art, and music.

Strange Pilgrimage: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as a Contemporary Social Narrative

MIREILLE FAUCHON 2015
A modern day pilgrimage, reimagining The Canterbury Tales to uncover a contemporary social narrative told through drawing, photography, painting, moving image and sound.   

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