Leander Angerer and I were commissioned to re-design a Georgian staircase over three stories for a client in North West London. We decided that instead of embellishing an already beautiful piece of joinery, we could subtract the parts that the client disliked, replacing them when necessary, with elements that would lighten the structure.
Tennis racket string sewn into the hand rail replaces the ballusters while a marble plinth replaces the first step and trellis work frame. Handrails were “bent” to remove extraneous parts - opening up the landing areas. High gloss epoxy floor paint, normally found in factories, creates a continuous pure white ribbon from top floor to bottom.
An installation to promote the new Design Museum exhibition - Designed to Win, sponsored by Oakley.
The company provided 1920 pairs of their Frogskin glasses for Leander Angerer and I to arrange in a giant fish-tank on the banks of the Thames, outside the Design Museum. A unique challenge and loads of fun.
The exhibition opens on the 26th of July to coincide with the Olympics, come and have a look!
In April 2011 researchers discovered that the iPhone was logging its location several times a day and had been for years.This is not the result of a choice made by the user; it is indiscriminate and invisible.Apple has yet to disclose why their products are tracking their users.
We are being converted into a tradable commodity by the shadowy world of data scraping and information brokers.I want to expose this grey area of online activity by reappropriating and translating individuals’ personal data into tangible and poetic value for its owner.
Each jewellery piece is based on the geographical tracking data taken from a participants’ iPhones.This data is then laser cut into wood, cast in resin and finally plated in sterling silver or copper.
The precious nature of jewellery juxtaposed with the sharp, spiked forms represent the duality of the information they portray.The data we produce is in its self benign though it can be used for both good and evil.
The project has two objectives.In the micro, I wish to create a method whereby interested individuals can claim their own data and use it for their own means.On the macro scale these jewellery pieces will become a badge, in the same way as a poppy or red ribbon for charitable causes.These badges spread the concept and ideas further than the owners own awareness and into that of the general populace.
The pieces are designed to be talked about, to be asked about and to be discussed.They act not only as a talisman for the wearer, but as a message to the audience.
Silver Lining transforms surveillance and exploitation into beauty and an agent of change.
Some images created for my Work in Progress show (10th - 12th January) to illustrate the amount of personal data we give away when interacting online.
In April 2011, researchers discovered that the iPhone was logging it’s location several times a day, and had been for years. This is not the result of a choice made by the user, it is indiscriminate and invisible. Apple is yet to disclose why it’s products are tracking their users.
Towards the end of 2011, CarrierIQ, a mobile device software company, became embroiled in controversy over claims of wire-tapping and illegal surveillance. Their software, installed on millions of Android devices by the phone manufacturers, collects every key-stroke and action of the user without their knowledge or consent.
What will happen in a future when growing your own becomes a necessity and not a luxury?
Our project looks at the future from a personal perspective; elimination of exotic fruits; substitution of the office with the field; subsistence farming and the emergence of a barting economy. The project also investigates the bigger picture. What are the social and political effects of a subsistence existence? The impact on the propertyless proletariat and the emergence of a new class of landlords.
Does this mean a return to serfdom and a feudal society?
A polemical project in collaboration with Fernanda Costa, Mai Harooka, Weiche Wu and Leander Angerer.
The November 3rd tube strike in London inspired us to think of ways of turning a frustrating situation into a more interesting experience for commuters. The purpose of the project was to spark curiosity and communication among the public.
In collabouration with Tatiana Kostanian, Yuchen Shen and JC Yeh