Seminar Glass Tech-hack 8/12 2018
Participatory workshop and demo in the hot shop
Dr Zoe Laughlin
Performing Matter, Objecting Stuff
“Materials perform. Stuff is constantly getting up to things. Matter is doing all of the time, at varying scales of time and space, in order to exist and generate the world of objects.” Zoe Laughlin.
Award ceremony, coffee
Dr Anne Brodie
Boundary : a real or imagined line that marks the edge or limit of something
Brodies talk explains the connection between working with glass and a key artists residency in the Antarctic: how the experience influenced future Welcome trust funded projects working with scientists and created a lasting relationship with the British Antarctic Survey. She will talk about the connection between the projects and her current new start up business Brink, working with Antarctic Light data.
Dr Shelley James and Professor Andrea Streit
Resonant spaces: conversations in glass and sound
Glass artist Dr Shelley James and Neurobiologist Professor Andrea Streit will discuss the process and show work in progress from their experiments that combine glass, 3D printing and light to explore the impact of sound on the fragile hair cells of the inner ear. They will review the potential and problems posed by working at a distance, and compare this experience with other collaborative projects.
Participatory workshop and demo in the hot shop
Dr Zoe Laughlin
Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter to large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Welcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest and research are currently Materials Farming, The Performativity of Matter and the sound and taste of materials. She can often be found giving theatrical demonstration lectures or making programmes for both radio and television.
Dr Anne Brodie
Anne Brodies biological scientific background has fostered an investigative approach to her practice across a range of visual art forms. Her work is process driven, often working collaboratively at boundary points with a recurrent theme around notions of absence and communication. Projects have ranged from the non-object aspects of working with clay and glass, to the emptiness of Antarctica, the neurological shape of adolescent trauma, and the ephemeral living light source of bioluminescence and its external relationship with the human body. Glass, transparent materials and light have remained a constant in most of her work.
Professor Andrea Streit
Professor Andrea Streit, Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology, Dental Institute, King’s College London.
In the ear, a beautiful array of so-called hair cells transforms sound waves into electrical signals that are transported to the brain. These cells are easily destroyed during ageing, drugs or noise exposure, and cannot be regenerated. Much research including Andrea’s explores new ways to restore hair cells after damage, and thus restore hearing.
In response to vibrations created by sound waves, the ‘hairs’ or tips of these remarkable cells press against a stiff membrane. This bends their shaft, which in turn opens a channel producing a signal that is transmitted to the brain. The response of these delicate hairs is affected by the physical properties of the lattice of cells that supports them and of the membrane they press against, and by the stereotypic arrangement of ‘hairs’. Damage to these hair cells is irreversible and results in permanent hearing loss. But a new generation of gene- and drug-based approaches, including Andrea's work, is beginning to transform approaches to treatment in the future.
Dr Shelley James
Shelley James trained in textiles in Paris and began her career as a design consultant for international brands including Visa International, Shell and Cancer Research UK. She was fascinated by the flickering stream of signals between eye and brain that conjures up our experience of a stable world. So she started to experiment with illusions in glass in conversations with vision scientists. She pursued her research and collaborations through a PhD at the Royal College of Art. Current projects include constructing quasi-periodic symmetries with Sir Roger Penrose and Professor Brian Sutton, designing a new Artificial Anatomies course at King’s College, and analyzing the optical properties of glass spinning tops with Professor Ken Brecher of Boston University.
Jan Klingler is an industrial designer from Germany who currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2016, he graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Design in Hildesheim, Germany. In 2018, he received his Master's Degree in Individual Study/Industrial Design at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden. Jan enjoys finding design inspiration in the most unexpected of places. With his bacteria lamp ”In a New Light” he challenges us to see a new connection between the object and user by creating a visible link through bacteria, shining a light on the very thing we thought should stay hidden and putting it on display.
Alex Currie has created design solutions as part of a series of Medical Research projects for Kings College London. The design and construction of specialized garments and dressing solutions that improve the stability and application of medical care to suffers of inherited connective tissue diseases Epidermolysis Bullosa – EB and Xeroderma Pigmentosum.
Märta Louise Karlsson
Märta Louise Karlsson is currently working with her thesis project for her master design degree. This project is directed towards an explorational process with a specific material in focus, glass.
Her inspiration in this particular project is the seaweed and during the development of the process she started to investigate how the seaweed would integrate into the future food industry as a strong resource of nutrition.
Louis Thompson completed his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and has been invited to work and teach with glass artists both in the UK and abroad. Thompson was the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2012, the Jerwood Makers Prize Commission and the Best Exhibit Prize at the British Glass Biennale. His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in the UK, Europe, Japan and the. He lives and works in London where he runs a studio with two other artists.
Emma Baker has been working in glass for the past 7 years. During her studies and since completing her BA degree in 2014, she has had the opportunity to work at various glass studios both in the UK and abroad. Her work is held in private collections and has recently been acquired by the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. She lives and works in Wiltshire, UK.
Matthew Durran works on large-scale installations and sculptural pieces which at times harmonize with their physical surroundings and at other times lie in uneasy conjunction. His explorations have taken him from ancient lava-formed obsidian to stockpiled waste glass and the frontiers of new technologies. They’ve found him devising collaborative solutions to energy sustainability and the up-cycling of waste materials. They’ve led him inwards through medical research to the internal architecture of the human body and outwards to the built environment we live in.
Roderick Morris is an award winning photographer and film maker who is based in London. His work has been exhibited, published and screened widely in the UK and internationally, he is represented by the agencies Millenium Images and Getty Images. After winning the Time Out travel photography competition Rod travelled extensively photographing on assignments and personal projects. He has been published in the national press and has exhibited widely at venues such as the Photographers Gallery,Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, Great Eastern Hotel, Camerawork and Photofusion Gallery.
Jason Knight is geographically based at Roskilde University FabLab where his time is divided between helping first users of the lab with their projects and conducting my own self-led design projects.
Michaela Vallachova-Jakobsen owns Tree Man Timber which is a design studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It delivers everything from product concepts to conceptual drawings, photo-realistic 3D renderings and production drawings.