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NEWSLETTER march 2019

MA Graphic Media Design


Maps of Defiance
A Stick to...
Welcome Sara
Reciprocal, Thanks
New Stockists
On translation...
K Mantras

Clive Baillie Scholarship 

We are very pleased to announce the Clive Baillie Scholarship; worth £5,000 and available to one Home participant enrolled on the MA Graphic Media Design course at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

We are now welcoming applications. Full details of the application and selection process available here.

Maps of Defiance

Paul Bailey has been commissioned by the V&A to design the exhibition and publication, Maps of Defiance. The exhibition, presenting the work of Forensic Architecture and Yazda, is the official UK Pavilion for the XXII Triennale di MilanoBroken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

Curated by Natalie Kane, V&A, the exhibition presents Forensic Architecture’s ongoing work with the NGO Yazda in northern Iraq, where it is providing local groups with a DIY toolkit to record spatial data and evidence that can be used in legal cases against the war crimes. The pavilion examines the ways in which digital reconstruction allows for traumatic events to be understood and contextualised, with the ongoing investigation highlighting the destruction of cultural heritage as a part of genocide. 

A publication on the project is forthcoming. In the meantime, please read further on the curation and design of the exhibition in this recent article.

The exhibition runs from 1 March until 1 September 2019 at La Triennale di Milano. 

Exhibition produced by V&A In collaboration with Art Jameel; supported by British Council; additional support provided by Arts Council England

A Stick to Ward off the Inevitable

In his latest exhibition for The Chopping Block Gallery, course tutor Ben Branagan presents a reconfiguring of spent materials. A coagulation of fragments, brought together in a series of ad hoc arrangements and uncertain artefacts, developed in situ at the gallery. Informed by an admixture of concepts drawn from contemporary sciences, spiritual practices and craft traditions, the resulting exhibition navigates a space between forming and failing; of construction and collapse, and of breaking apart and bringing together. It is an exhibition of provisional states and in-between things, potentialities and transmutations.

Ben will also exhibit in group show Another Land, opening on 4 April at Kingston Museum. 



Sophie Demay and her studio In the Shade of a Tree have been commissioned to design the 2019 French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost will present DEEP SEE BLUE SURROUNDING YOU / VOIS CE BLEU PROFOND TE FONDRE. They are working together with on a series of printed objects and a monograph. 

The exhibition and the Venice Biennale will open on 11 May and will run until November 2019.

Image: Laure prouvost with in the shade of a tree

Welcoming Sara de Bondt

We are very pleased to welcome designer, educator and publisher Sara de Bondt as the external examiner for the MAGMD course. Sara runs her own independent design practice working with cultural clients and is the co-founder of Occasional Papers, a nonprofit publishing house investigating the histories of architecture, art, design, film, and literature. 

Image: Sara de bondt studio

Reciprocal, thanks

Whilst our Reciprocal Studio on distraction continues we would like thank our recent guest advisors for their critical commentary and guidance — Susan Schuppli (Reader and Director of Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University) with Confusion of Tongues; Laura Gordon (designer, researcher, lecturer at RCA) with Francisco Laranjo; Tony Sampson (Critical Theorist, Reader in Digital Media Cultures at University of East London) with Demystification Committee; and Anna Santomauro (Program Curator at Arts Catalyst) with FRAUD.

New Stockists

We are very pleased to share an expanding list of stockists for A Line Which Forms a Volume 2 with you:
MagCulture, UK
Draw Down Books, USA
Inga, USA (upcoming)
Bananafish Books, China (upcoming)
The Library Project, Ireland (upcoming)

Read a recent interview about our launch event here.


On translation...

Together with writer and editor Dr Natalie Ferris, Bryony Quinn will be co-editing the fourth issue of the design research and writing journal, Bricks from the Kiln. The publication will be preceded by a series of events that will be transcribed in the new issue (which carries a theme of translation), including a symposium at LCC in late May.

K Mantras, Mass AwaKanye’ing, Total Wellbeing

Course tutor Charlotte-Maëva Perret presents her new work “K Mantras, Mass AwaKanye’ing, Total Wellbeing” for Dissidence - Quilting Against, a group exhibition commissioned by Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium.  

Inspired by the Hasselt Beguinage and its first inhabitants – one of the earliest women’s movements in history, dissidents and pre-wave feminists – ten (inter)national designers expressed themselves critically through quilts and take inspiration from alternative approaches. They examine various social themes such as the environment, unfair trade and the fashion industry from four different perspectives: historical, economic, activist and technical.

Exhibitors include Pinar & Viola (resident at MIA-H), Hanne De Wyngaert, Raf Simons, Nienke Hoogvliet, William Ludwig Lutgens (resident at MIA-H - with FLACC.), Bettie Boersma, Charlotte Maëva Perret (resident at MIA-H), Shayli Harrison, Aya Kawabata (resident at MIA-H), Navine G. Khan-Dossos (resident at MIA-H) Curator - Ronald Clays and Jan Boelen. In collaboration with MIA-H. 

The exhibition runs until 26 May 2019.

Image: K Mantras, Mass AwaKanye’ing, Total Wellbeing

MAGMD GRADuate updates

Gabriela Matuszyk and Carlos Romo, along with Vicente Reyes, are setting a studio space at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey, starting in March. They have 3 working spots available – if you have charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, contact them here to apply.

Carlos Romo Melgar and John Philip Sage have been selected to develop the exhibition design of LCC Graduate and Postgraduate shows 2019.  Currently in progress, they are exploring new ways of activating a visually saturated venue looking at other sources for sensory experiences.

Cristina Rosique and Suki Law have formulated Mirador Collective developing projects that tackle social issues through virtual reality and interactive media. Join them for a presentation of their recent MA research at FLUX: Social on 26 March.

Bec Worth and her colleagues at Evening Class share an interview with the Walker Art Centre on the freedom and struggles of self-organizing, collaborative design processes and design education. 

Read here.


Through intensive and original practice-led research, we support our participants to develop an independent and critical practice - with a view to producing relevant and unexpected perspectives on and for the world.

The MA Graphic Media Design course is accepting applications for our October 2019 start on a rolling basis, as space allows.


Paul Bailey, Course Leader


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