Review: Experimental Practice exhibition at RMIT Design Hub

By Penny Craswell

A desolate landscape with a long stretch of road. Two cold war era cars pull up and a man gets out of each car. Both men wear the cliched clothes of a cold war era spy. Solemnly, they exchange a suitcase and files before sobbing, getting back in the car and driving away, all filmed with a slow, meditative quality. This is the scenario in London artist Noam Toran’s video work “If We Never Meet Again” which features what the artist calls an “exchange of things by men”. The work explores design as an event and is one of a number of works exploring the limits of design in “Experimental Practice: Provocations In and Out of Design”.

Curated by UNSW’s Katherine Moline (my Masters supervisor), and RMIT’s Brad Haylock and Laurene Vaughan, the exhibition just finished its run at the RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne as part of the 2015 Melbourne International Design Festival and explores what Katherine refers to as “design gone feral”. Rather than showing design as a finished object divorced from its process, the exhibition seeks out work that is in progress,explores works that push the boundaries of design and art, showing process, design thinking and other experimental modes. By doing so, Katherine seeks to: “shift perceptions that works of art and design ‘arrive’ from nowhere both conceptually and materially as fully formed” and in the process provides a series of works that are about change. Read more

Video: Bolon flooring design fuses video art and dance

Video: Bolon flooring design fuses video art and dance

Swedish flooring brand Bolon was founded in 1949, but it is the third generation owners Annica and Marie Eklund who have elevated the brand, with a passion for fashion design and an innovative approach to marketing.

Their latest effort shown at the Milan Furniture Fair this year is “The Contradiction of Silence”, a brilliant piece that takes cues from contemporary dance, video art and even puppetry!

The video was created with the help of choreographer Alexander Ekman whose past work with the Sydney Ballet Company, The Juiliard School and The Royal Swedish Ballet is highly acclaimed.

More on Bolon.

Video: Bjarke Ingels on architecture as fiction

“If documentary is to document our world as it already is, fiction is to fantasise about what it could be. In that sense, architecture is the fiction of the real world. Turning dreams into concrete reality with bricks and mortar. Architecture is the canvas for the stories of our lives.”

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has created an engaging and inventive video sharing some of his ideas about how architecture allows fantasies about the future to become reality. I like the mountain apartments in particular which create a pyramid-like stepping structure so you can have your garden apartment with views in a multi-storey residential tower. And the drawings are fun and well done.

Check out the video on archdaily.