Friday, 11 February 2011

[009] Belonging & Belongings Exhibition

We did the exhibition - "Belonging & Belongings" video installations for two days.
Above drawing is the exhibition place. Well, It was an interesting experience.
In fact, we finished this project - 'Belonging & Belongings' which was a collaborative project with STBY last year. The project was a design research about the online and offline identities. We worked as a group and made a film in order to show our perseptive on the topic. There were total five groups, we started with the same brief but the results of each group were obviously different. It wasn't an easy project to do because we had to make a documentary film which was unfamiliar to us. Even though it was hard, I enjoyed the project because it showed me the different way of design thinking and approach.

DESIGN RESEARCH on socio-techno styles...
Belonging & Belongings is an international and interdisciplinary design research programme, exploring the interrelationship between technology, society and sartorial appearances, by
investigating how people express their identities through their physical and virtual possessions.
For this exhibition 28 MA Graphic Design Communication students of Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, worked on a two week project in December 2010. Five groups of students made a video installation to express the insights they created from their own fieldwork on the Belonging & Belongings topic. In particular they were interested to find out how people enjoy and struggle with the differences they can create between their online and offline identities.
The results are exciting, not only because great insights were created, but also because the stories of these insights are told in new and inspiring ways. This was possible because the students realised they were not mere data-collectors. In stead, they took up the challenge to tell stories. This is important, because even if design research results in great insights, its value will still be low unless these insights are communicated in a compelling way.
Doing design research includes collecting data, and analysing and reflecting on what you have collected. It then results in insights and ultimately knowledge. This however does not mean that the
data and the analysis and reflections should remain separate. What the most projects presented here have succeeded in, is using the data to tell engaging stories about the insights and knowledge they
have created.
This is the second Belonging and Belongings project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. The first project in 2009 focused on the magazine as a medium to communicate design research, resulting in 250 printed magazines. The current project explores video installations as a way to communicate design research.

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