RCA show 2015

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments



Due to traveling and busy schedule, I almost missed the RCA show this year. Luckily, I managed to visit the Kensington campus on the last day of the show, and here are the highlights:


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Top: Textiles gallery; 2nd left & middle: Textiles design by Alicia Nader; 3rd & bottom left: 'Unflats' by Li-Hsin Liang; Bottom right: Chao Chen


Li-Hsin Liang's project 'Unflats' explores the diverse ways in which a traditionally flat material such as paper can be deformed: folded, stacked and cut into shapes that adds a different dimension to how we approach methods of craft with the material.

Chao Chen's nature-inspired project has created a laminate water-reacting material. The bio-mimicry material detects water and changes shape automatically without mechanical structures or electrical elements. According to different scenarios, the material has been applied to objects related with water, illustrating a purity of functionalism and aesthetics.


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Top: Simin Qiu's 'End grain'; 2nd row: Ian Goode's 'About time'; 3rd row: Studio Ilio's '12 stools'; Bottom row: Studio Ayaskan's 'Sand' and 'Growth'


Simin Qiu's 'End grain' project uses the end grain patterns from off-cut waste wooden materials to create a range of new natural patterns by carefully cutting and gluing. This project is focused on the study of wooden materials. It explores the potential high values of pine and experiments with new and contemporary wood handcraft skills.

Ian Goode's 'About time' presents a set of timepieces for the future of work and leisure; Pace, Plenty and Play provide a tangible representation for the deduced elements of one's time. In a future where traditional working models have been superseded by distributed, ad hoc, and potentially confusing working culture, what could clocks reveal about oneself and what impact could they have? 'About:Time' is an alternative to traditional hour and minute hands that is designed to reveal the result of our choices; to facilitate reflection and action.

Studio Ilio is a design studio founded by two RCA students Seongil Choi & Fabio Hendry. Their ‘Hot Wire Extensions’ project explores a new way of making that transforms line structures into solid bodies that possess the potential for large-scale production. A nichrome wire structure is placed within a container filled with a material mixture based around waste nylon powder from SLS 3D printing. By putting an electrical current through the wire, the resistance of the wire causes itself to heat up, melting the surrounding material mixture and instantly bonding to create a solid body. As a result, 12 intriguing bone-like stools were created (see above).

Another time-related project is Studio Ayaskan's 'Sand', an installation inspired by zen garden; it is the gradual formation and flattening of a ripple pattern over a period of twelve hour cycles. Ripples of Time, allow natural materials to be shaped by time, reminding us of its presence. It is very 'zen' indeed.

The studio's other project 'Growth' is an origami/geometric pot that transforms and grows with the plant, as the plant itself unfolds over time. Cool.


RCA SHOW 2015 Xiaotian Sun's breathingRiah Naief's Artficial ParadisesMichael Pecirno Oliver Smith's The Network EnsembleIn the Shade of the Stack by Francesco TacchiniJayoon Choi Meng Yang's The Shadows of shadows

Top left: The Stevens building; Top right: Xiaotian Sun's Breathing; 2nd row: Riah Naief's 'Artficial Paradises'; 3rd left: Michael Pecirno's Starlore; 3rd right: Oliver Smith's 'The Network Ensemble'; 4th row: 's 'In the Shade of the Stack'; Bottom left: Jayoon Choi's 'Hypothesis on 'Type#R' Circle of Desire'; Bottom right: Meng Yang's 'The Shadows of shadows'


Over in the Stevens building, many visitors were drawn to Xiaotian Sun's conspicuous installation on the ground floor. 'Breathing' is an interactive city shelter of urban lifestyle, expressing the relationship between city and its dwellers through the action of breathing. Since breathing is believed to be the simplest way to lower stress level, this city shelter aims to transform anxiety into relief, thus creates a connection between city dwellers and the city.

Michael Pecirno's has created a new set of constellations based around the alphabet and air pollution level, an experimental typeface Starlorecan becomes more legible as light pollution levels decrease. It is a fascinating project and the typeface can be downloaded from the designer's website (click on the name for the link).

Oliver Smith's 'The Network Ensemble' is a tool to sonically uncover and amplify the invisible territory of the networks that sit between our offline and online experiences. The networks that connect us also surround us, becoming a permanent layer in our everyday environment, a man-made natural force with its own nature and accompanying mystique. It is this force to which the Network Ensemble responds, converting the invisible, airborne communications infrastructure into a sonic experience. It positions the user as an explorer, a network clairvoyant, finding patterns, mapping the territory and experiencing an active, hidden world through sound.

One of the most interactive projects at the show was Meng Yang's 'The Shadows of shadows'. The project aims to offer an interactive space to discuss the relation of three relevant concepts by reversing the world of shadows and ourselves. People in the darkness become their shadows, peeping and behaving themselves among the others in the light. Self-awareness is supposed to be awakened by peeling off, layer by layer, the excessive awareness of our surroundings.


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