EMERGENCE:

Service / Social / Sustainable Design

14 Sept – 16 October 2019

Design School

What can we do together that we cannot do alone? Emergence describes the potential of individual parts of a system to work together to give rise to diverse and dramatic behaviours. As issues around sustainability and societal inequalities become more pervasive, complex and urgent than ever before, now is the time for collective action.

Emergence sees students and staff from the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL working with collaborative partners for an exhibition and events programme exploring what design can do to achieve goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

With a focus on design projects for services, social innovation and sustainability, Emergence will celebrate the launch of our new MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures course and showcase London College of Communication’s work in bringing sustainability and responsible design practices to the heart of everything we do.

Featuring workshops and tours, performances and screenings, talks and discussions, installations and displays – Emergence is our call to action for positive change.

We believe in design as site of action and agency to radically transform our world (Design School Manifesto).

EVENTS

september

14

EMERGENCE: Social/Sustainable/Service Design
Opening +

11:00 – 16:00
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14

Making Biomaterials with Materiom
Workshop +

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This will be a 5-hour hands-on biomaterials making session. Participants will be introduced to the opportunities of biomaterials and the vision of Materiom, and will be able to explore the Materiom materials library – a diverse collection of abundant natural ingredients, bio-plastics and composites. Participants will also be able to create their own biomaterials using Materiom recipes and explore the possible applications of biomaterials.

The day will be split in two with a lunch break included, providing an opportunity for further discussions about biomaterials, as well as planning for the rest of the workshop session. The workshop will be facilitated by the Materiom team, led by Zoë Powell and her fellow team member Pilar Bolumburu.

Materiom is a research platform dedicated to the experimentation and development of open source biomaterial recipes made using locally-abundant ingredients and life-friendly chemistry. Our mission is to enable everyone, everywhere, to participate in the next generation of materials for a circular economy. Our international community of scientists, designers, engineers and artists develop, test and adapt our recipes to regenerate local cultures and bioregions.

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

11:00 – 16:30
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16

Environmental and Social Sustainability in the Curriculum
Symposium +

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As this generation arrives in our universities, how does the curriculum which we offer reflect their concerns and passions?

Join GLAD, the Group for Learning in Art & Design, for a symposium exploring how we can protect, develop and innovate sustainable practices within Art and Design Higher Education pedagogies.

The next generation of university Art, Design and Media students are not just in the nation’s classrooms, but also out on the streets – proclaiming a climate emergency, marching in Extinction Rebellion protests, articulating their concerns with commendable clarity and urgency in the media.

As this generation arrives in our universities, how does the curriculum which we offer reflect their concerns and passions? What are we doing to help them use their creative skills to find answers to the global environmental and social challenges of our times?

Join us for a day of debate about the role of art and design schools in taking forward the sustainability agenda.

Full programme of speakers and itinerary to follow.

This event is part of ‘Emergence’, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring what design can do to achieve goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

10:00 – 16:15
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18

Showing Out: ‘Positive Allies’ and the Creative Workplace
Panel Discussion +

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This event will act as an introduction to ‘Positive Allies’, with a panel discussion around HIV stigma and the workplace, and a look at how the visual representation of HIV/AIDS has evolved since the 1980s (with an accompanying display of graphic ephemera).

‘Positive Allies’ is an innovative scheme that aims to actively address stigma and prejudice through the adoption of a charter mark to show that an employer is HIV friendly. This free process helps organisations focus on the quality of staff training, recruitment and protection they offer to employees living with HIV.

The art and design industry (which historically lost a number of creative people to AIDS) can now lead the way in openly demonstrating support for people living with HIV. The London Design Festival is therefore an opportunity for the creative community to find out more about the ‘Positive Allies’ scheme and hear from HIV advocates.

Speakers:

Drew Dalton: founder of ‘Positive Allies’; Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Programme Leader MSc Inequality and Society, University of Sunderland.

Ant Babajee: HIV Campaigner; Customer-relationship management/Marketer in higher education, Middlesex University; Public Health Masters student.

Mel Rattue, Positively UK and Catwalk4Power; founder Positively Mindful.

Siân Cook: Senior Lecturer, Graphic & Media Design, LCC; HIV design activist.

Andrew Slatter: Senior Lecturer, Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator Year 1, LCC

Links

Positive Allies: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/more/services-for-business/positive-allies/
Twitter: @Positive Allies
Positively UK: http://positivelyuk.org
Positively Mindful: https://www.positivelymindful.org/padhiv
Twitter: @Catwalk4Power
Graphic Communication: A UK HIV/AIDS Design Archive: https://www.hivgraphiccommunication.com

18:00 – 21:00
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19

Launch Night
Talks, Tours, Performances, Workshops +

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Join us for the launch of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

This event will be an opportunity to celebrate the Design School’s work in service, social and sustainable design and to launch the new MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures course. There will be talks in the lecture theatre and tours, performances and workshops in the gallery spaces.

The Launch Night will include a Welcome Address from Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design, London College of Communication followed by an introduction to UAL’s new Social Design Institute by Professor Lucy Kimbell and Keynote Presentation from Professor Guy Julier, Aalto University.

Enjoy a drink and explore the work on show.

Please note that admission to the Welcome Address is strictly limited, booking essential.

18:00 – 21:00
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21

Graphic Narratives and Social Impact
Symposium +

Follow this link to register for tickets - Booking is essential.

The recent House of Illustration exhibition ‘Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis’ demonstrates graphic narratives can raise awareness of social issues – in this case the current refugee crises and the violent conflicts from which these emerge, as well as entertain.

When examining the purpose or function of such graphic narratives (sometimes called Applied Comics) the following categories can, and have been used; educational, informational, instructional, journalistic and public relations.
Through workshops and academic papers, this symposium examines the impact of graphic narratives on a range of different social issues such as education, healthcare and politics.
Programme

11am-12.30pm: Workshop 1
This workshop will examine, discuss and evaluate a selection of comics and cartoons from Sian Cook’s archive of graphic communication material related to HIV/AIDS.

12.30-1pm: Lunch

1-2.30pm: Academic Panel
Three presentations by Dr Nina Mickwitz, Dr Pen Mendonca and Tobias Yu Kuliner will examine different aspects of the social impact of graphic narratives followed by a open discussion of the issues raised.

2.30-4pm: Workshop 2
This workshop will examine, discuss and evaluate a selection of educational, instructional and public relations comic books from UAL Archives and Special Collections. Please note that both workshops use materials containing adult content.

11:00 – 16:00
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21

Open House 2019
Tours +

10:00 – 16:00
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23

Animated Objects
Workshop +

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Join us for a number of workshops exploring how to make puppets from recycled materials.

Visitors will be able to make their own puppet or help create a large parade puppet, open to anyone who would like to learn how to make a simple yet expressive puppet, or help create a larger puppet to take part in a parade in the latter part of the festival.

The event is facilitated by Sara Ekenger, Course Leader for MA Design Management course at London College of Communication. Sara makes sculpture, automata and puppets out of found materials and her work will be on display next to the workshop space.

Visitors will be encouraged to bring their own recycled materials, and can stay for as little as 15 minutes, or for the full hour.

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

11:00 – 16:00
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24

Animated Objects
Workshop +

Follow this link to register for tickets

Join us for a number of workshops exploring how to make puppets from recycled materials.

Visitors will be able to make their own puppet or help create a large parade puppet, open to anyone who would like to learn how to make a simple yet expressive puppet, or help create a larger puppet to take part in a parade in the latter part of the festival.

The event is facilitated by Sara Ekenger, Course Leader for MA Design Management course at London College of Communication. Sara makes sculpture, automata and puppets out of found materials and her work will be on display next to the workshop space.

Visitors will be encouraged to bring their own recycled materials, and can stay for as little as 15 minutes, or for the full hour.

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

11:00 – 16:00
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26

Design for Positive Social Impact (Academia da Floresta)
Workshop +

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This workshop will focus on social problem-solving through design. Participants will be presented with a set of problems and encouraged to consider the social impact of their design’s approach, whilst adopting methods used in the Peconheiros project that the designers worked on in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

The designers, together with the local fruit pickers, developed prototypes for tools and accessories to improve safety and comfort while climbing and harvesting the açaí palm trees. The project will be exhibited at London College of Communication in the form of a film Academia da Floresta, showing the wider context of issues faced by the local community and the cultural significance of the work of the açaí berry pickers.

The workshop is open to the public and LCC students with an interest in socially-responsible design. The participants will engage in research, idea development, design and prototyping activities. The workshop will run over two consecutive days and will be delivered by Peconheiros team:

Monika Brauntsch: The Spirit of Poland

Dorota Kabala: We Design For Physical Culture

Carolina Menezes: The Spirit of Poland (guest designer)

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

14:00 – 18:00
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27

Design for Positive Social Impact (Academia da Floresta)
Workshop +

(Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-design-for-positive-social-impact-tickets-67187015171, text: Follow this link to register for tickets)

This workshop will focus on social problem-solving through design. Participants will be presented with a set of problems and encouraged to consider the social impact of their design’s approach, whilst adopting methods used in the Peconheiros project that the designers worked on in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

The designers, together with the local fruit pickers, developed prototypes for tools and accessories to improve safety and comfort while climbing and harvesting the açaí palm trees. The project will be exhibited at London College of Communication in the form of a film Academia da Floresta, showing the wider context of issues faced by the local community and the cultural significance of the work of the açaí berry pickers.

The workshop is open to the public and LCC students with an interest in socially-responsible design. The participants will engage in research, idea development, design and prototyping activities. The workshop will run over two consecutive days and will be delivered by Peconheiros team:

Monika Brauntsch: The Spirit of Poland

Dorota Kabala: We Design For Physical Culture

Carolina Menezes: The Spirit of Poland (guest designer)

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

11:00 – 16:00
-
27

Animated Objects
Workshop +

Follow this link to register for tickets

Join us for a number of workshops exploring how to make puppets from recycled materials.

Visitors will be able to make their own puppet or help create a large parade puppet, open to anyone who would like to learn how to make a simple yet expressive puppet, or help create a larger puppet to take part in a parade in the latter part of the festival.

The event is facilitated by Sara Ekenger, Course Leader for MA Design Management course at London College of Communication. Sara makes sculpture, automata and puppets out of found materials and her work will be on display next to the workshop space.

Visitors will be encouraged to bring their own recycled materials, and can stay for as little as 15 minutes, or for the full hour.

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

11:00 – 16:00
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october

3

Emergence, On Communities and Homelessness
Screening, Panel Discussion +

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Emergence, On Communities and Homelessness is a screening and panel discussion exploring the relationship between austerity, mental health and homelessness in the UK today, revealing the personal narratives at the heart of this continuous cycle.

The event will include a screening of ‘Patricia’, a film that explores how nobody can recover from difficult circumstances alone.

The event will draw together different voices addressing the need for a reflexive way of working, collective care and collaborative action.

Taking the festival’s theme of emergence as a starting point, the film will highlight the different elements that make up a community.

Speakers to be confirmed.

This event is part of EMERGENCE, an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring the role of design in working towards goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

19:00 – 20:30
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10

Graduate ThinkTank
Alumni roundtable with Industry Experts +

Follow this link to register for tickets - Open to all recent LCC Design School graduates.

This year marks a turning point for the world, with the international community adopting a new global development strategy in September and negotiating a universal deal to combat climate change in December.

To succeed, policymakers must recognise that today’s global imperatives – to eradicate poverty and improve wellbeing, while restoring the Earth’s balance – form a single agenda, and that the most effective means of achieving it is education. (Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO 2019).

As our valued graduates, we welcome your thoughts on the role that design education can play in transforming how students think and act towards one another and the planet.

What do they need to learn? How will this impact on the industries they join and/or the companies they establish? What are the challenges and opportunities for employment and employability? How can you support us in our ambition to bring responsible design practices to the heart of everything we do?

This open discussion aims to bring together the College’s diverse graduates to explore and discuss these increasingly-urgent themes.

17:30 – 17:30
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16

Closing
Talks, performances, workshops +

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Join us to reflect on EMERGENCE as the exhibition and events programme draws to a close – featuring a Keynote from Sharon Heal, Director of the Museums Association, on the topic of sustainable exhibitions.

Presented by London College of Communication’s Design School, EMERGENCE is an exhibition and events programme presented by the Design School at London College of Communication, UAL exploring what design can do to achieve goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

As part of the Closing Event, visitors will be able to find out more about London College of Communication’s MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures course, as well as enjoy a drink and explore the exhibition before it closes.

Schedule:
6-7pm: Keynote from Sharon Heal
7-8pm: Drinks and activities
8pm: Close

About Sharon Heal: Sharon is the director of the Museums Association, a campaigning membership body that promotes the value of museums to society. She regularly comments on museums and cultural policy in the UK; speaks at conferences and events in the UK and internationally; and has published extensively. She lectures in the history of museums, museum ethics and museums and social impact. Sharon is the chair of the Museum of Homelessness and a member of the Museum Slaskie Council.

18:00 – 20:00
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MANIFESTO

We believe in design as site of action and agency to radically transform our world.
We believe in the power of design to critique, confront and challenge inequalities.
We believe in questioning geopolitical, socio-cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.
We believe that design operates in an ecology beyond the human centric.
We believe that learning is continuous, collaborative and creative.
We believe in the power of making as critical practice and tangible intervention.
We believe in embracing uncertainty through experimentation and risk-taking.
We believe in the value of interrogating the past to shape our futures.