Guest Tutors and Speakers
SOS brings together educators and experts on the edge of their disciplines, pushing the remit of traditional design thought. For the 2019 summer school SOS has invited a mix of recent graduates, accomplished practitioners, teachers and academics to deliver a course that balances experience, multiple perspectives, youthful dynamism and radical thought.
A curated group of academics and practitioners from the UK and skyped in from the US will provide our students with the cutting edge in critical art practice and academia. These are thinkers and doers we think are redefining today’s economic, artistic and design parameters.
ASSEMBLEFounded in 2010, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work across the disciplines of Art, Design and Architecture - including the Granby Four Streets project which won the 2015 Turner Prize. Members of the collective are currently teaching in the fields of Architecture and Design at a number of institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, the University of Westminster and Bartlett (UCL).
Jack SelfJack is the Director and Editor-In-Chief of the REAL foundation and review - an outlet for radical new contemporary thought. He was previously the contributing Editor for the Architectural Review and Editor-at-Large for 032c. His work has been exhibited at the Maxxi, Rome, the Tate Britain, London, the ICA, London and the Design Museum, London, and has been published in The Guardian, eflux-journal, among others. In 2016 Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Dr Alexandra Daisy GinsbergDr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist working across disciplines and media to explore the human values that shape design, science, technology, and nature. Through installations, writing and curatorial projects, Daisy examines why we make things, what those things are, and their relationship with us and the world. Daisy has spent over ten years researching synthetic biology and the design of living matter, pushing the boundaries of design and science with scientists, engineers, artists, designers, historians, social scientists, and museums around the world. Daisy is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014). She has had work exhibited internationally, including at the MoMA New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of China.
John WalterJohn Walter is visual artist, curator and academic based in London. He won the 2016 Hayward Touring Curatorial Open for Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, which travelled from The MAC in Belfast to DCA Dundee and Bury Art Museum. His project Alien Sex Club(2015) was featured as part of Somewhere in Between at The Wellcome Collection, London (2018) and as part of Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2017). His diverse artistic practice includes collaborating with scientists including Prof Greg Towers (UCL) on CAPSID (2018), which looked at the molecular workings of HIV to address broader social and cultural questions.
The RodinaSpecialising in video, user experience, installations and visual identities, The Rodina’s multi media approach examines and critiques contemporary visual communication methodologies. In 2015, The Rodina coined the term ‘performative design’ in order to describe the practice of designing politically engaged surface-led visual design, or memes. The Rodina have exhibited in Seoul’s Card Gallery 2017 and the Stedelijk Museum 2016.
Ed FornilesEd creates work that takes inspiration from all corners of 21st century culture, from popular movies and television characters to social media platforms. Using various reoccurring digital archetypes, Fornieles investigates the concepts of family, friendship, relationship, physical interaction and language. Hailed as a ‘post-internet’ artist, he treats Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Instagram as raw materials used for a singular purpose – to disrupt the world of the internet, a world in which we all feel comfortable in. Ed has exhibited internationally, including Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, New Museum, New York and Serpentine Gallery, London.
(Ab)NormalAn experiment in architectural representation, (ab)Normal carefully de-construct photorealistic renders before rearranging them as illustrations based on Normal vectors. They create unfamiliar visual notions of space to produce an allegory of a culture that revolves obsessively around the internet, gaming and religion.
And many many more!