A summary of projects throughout 2014. This contains a mixture of teaching, research and collaborative endeavours.

A summary of projects throughout 2014. This contains a mixture of teaching, research and collaborative endeavours.

 A summary of teaching projects planned for 2015 including design studios, collaborative projects with Brisbane City Council (urban development) and professional designers, as well as new courses such as Wearable Technology (physical computing).

A summary of teaching projects planned for 2015 including design studios, collaborative projects with Brisbane City Council (urban development) and professional designers, as well as new courses such as Wearable Technology (physical computing).

 During Haptic InterFace I was fortunate to collaborate with a group of talented artists and designers, over the course of two intensive weeks we conceived, designed and developed a  BIOdress  sensor networking   prototype.   The BIOdress connects the wearer with the environment and surrounding context by reacting and changing in accordance with the ambient conditions. The dress responds to three particulars; (i) particulate levels (dust), (ii) air quality, and (iii) organic matter EMG readings. As fugitive dust emitted by unstable or disturbed surfaces is detected in the air, the  BIOdress  changes colour, as the air quality deteriorates the shoulder pleats expand and contract, breathing, in response to this condition. Faster breathing equates to poorer air quality, to the point of exhaustion (this reaction will stop). Finally, EMG readings from the plant cause the leaves of the  BIOdress  to move and respond to its energy, wavering back and forth synergistically with the plant.     DESIGNERS/ARTISTS:  Raune FRANKJAER (Trier, Germany), Zoe MAHONY (Sydney, Australia), Sara ADHITYA (London, United Kingdom), Beck DAVIS (Brisbane, Australia) & Tricia FLANAGAN (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

During Haptic InterFace I was fortunate to collaborate with a group of talented artists and designers, over the course of two intensive weeks we conceived, designed and developed a BIOdress sensor networking prototype.

The BIOdress connects the wearer with the environment and surrounding context by reacting and changing in accordance with the ambient conditions. The dress responds to three particulars; (i) particulate levels (dust), (ii) air quality, and (iii) organic matter EMG readings. As fugitive dust emitted by unstable or disturbed surfaces is detected in the air, the BIOdress changes colour, as the air quality deteriorates the shoulder pleats expand and contract, breathing, in response to this condition. Faster breathing equates to poorer air quality, to the point of exhaustion (this reaction will stop). Finally, EMG readings from the plant cause the leaves of the BIOdress to move and respond to its energy, wavering back and forth synergistically with the plant.

DESIGNERS/ARTISTS: Raune FRANKJAER (Trier, Germany), Zoe MAHONY (Sydney, Australia), Sara ADHITYA (London, United Kingdom), Beck DAVIS (Brisbane, Australia) & Tricia FLANAGAN (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

 BIOdress, process detail, laser cutting organza.

BIOdress, process detail, laser cutting organza.

 BIOdress, process, pleating detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress, process, pleating detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

 BIOdress, EMG testing, interaction designer Raune Frankjaer.

BIOdress, EMG testing, interaction designer Raune Frankjaer.

 BIOdress, construction detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress, construction detail, fashion designer Zoe Mahony.

 Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

 Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

Testing EMG signals from plants. Coding and programming by Raune Frankjaer.

 BIOdress prototype as modelled for Haptic InterFace exhibition opening. Image credit: Zoe Mahony.

BIOdress prototype as modelled for Haptic InterFace exhibition opening. Image credit: Zoe Mahony.

 Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

 Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

Haptic InterFace opening at Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 顧明均展覽廳, Hong Kong.

  I exhibited creative work as part of the Design in Flux exhibition. My piece, titled  proximity  represents a series of gestural sequences captured during my PhD investigation into design team interactions. The following images provide a visual summary of the work. The print was also accompanied by a GIF that stitched together all still images (selected from video) into a continuous loop to further emphasise movement that is inherent during creative and collaborative interactions.

I exhibited creative work as part of the Design in Flux exhibition. My piece, titled proximity represents a series of gestural sequences captured during my PhD investigation into design team interactions. The following images provide a visual summary of the work. The print was also accompanied by a GIF that stitched together all still images (selected from video) into a continuous loop to further emphasise movement that is inherent during creative and collaborative interactions.

  Proximity , as it appears in the  design in flux   catalogue.

Proximity, as it appears in the design in flux  catalogue.

  proximity  2014 Digital print (video stills, augmented and digitally assembled), 1100 x 2000mm

proximity 2014 Digital print (video stills, augmented and digitally assembled), 1100 x 2000mm

   
  
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     Proximity  (detail), 2014, digital print (video stills, augmented and digitally assembled), 1100 x 2000mm

Proximity (detail), 2014, digital print (video stills, augmented and digitally assembled), 1100 x 2000mm

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  proximity , as exhibited – Design in Flux. Image credit: Tristan Schultz

proximity, as exhibited – Design in Flux. Image credit: Tristan Schultz

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 The Design in Flux exhibition was held at Crane Arts during the Design Philadelphia festival 2014. The exhibition opened on the 9th of October and the symposium 'Does Design Education Lack Imagination' was held in the space on the 14th of October and the culminating closing event on the 17th. The images that follow, document the diversity of work showcased in the exhibit and help to illustrate the complexity surrounding the management required to coordinate and pull this beast together. Works showcased included pieces imported from Australia, Belgium and transported interstate from Maine (USA).  MY ROLE: EXHIBITION MANAGEMENT

The Design in Flux exhibition was held at Crane Arts during the Design Philadelphia festival 2014. The exhibition opened on the 9th of October and the symposium 'Does Design Education Lack Imagination' was held in the space on the 14th of October and the culminating closing event on the 17th. The images that follow, document the diversity of work showcased in the exhibit and help to illustrate the complexity surrounding the management required to coordinate and pull this beast together. Works showcased included pieces imported from Australia, Belgium and transported interstate from Maine (USA).

MY ROLE: EXHIBITION MANAGEMENT

exhibition opening

exhibition opening

Design in Flux, Crane Arts, Philadelphia

9–30 October, 2014

exhibition opening

exhibition opening

Design in Flux, Crane Arts, Philadelphia

9–30 October, 2014

exhibition

exhibition

Design in Flux, Crane Arts, Philadelphia

9–30 October, 2014

exhibition narrative

exhibition narrative

symposium

symposium

'Does Design Education Lack Imagination? Do the structures and disciplines of higher education hinder the inter-disciplinary thinking needed to tackle complex design problems?'

Denise Gonzales-Crisp (NC State), Andrew Dahlgren (Parsons The New School), and Alex Gilliam (Public Workshop). Moderated by Peter Hall (Griffith University).

Tangible tweets (Hall & Bowden)

Tangible tweets (Hall & Bowden)

Tangible tweets (detail) 2014, lead type tweets by various DI Access 2014 participants

JFK-Courier mail chair (Epworth)

JFK-Courier mail chair (Epworth)

JFK-Courier mail chair 2013, salvaged wooden bed, newspaper and shoe, 1050 x 550 x 450mm

Synclexo (Miller)

Synclexo (Miller)

Synclexo Brace 2014, 3D Print, 800 x 500 x 400mm

The peacemaker (Canning)

The peacemaker (Canning)

The Peacemaker 2013, 3D Print, 200 x 260 x 150mm

Respect Every Body (Sargent)

Respect Every Body (Sargent)

Every (detail) 2014, digital print (pen and pencil, digitally assembled and coloured), 800 x 2130mm

Design Philadelphia closing night

Design Philadelphia closing night

17 October 2014

Left to right: Steve Bowden, Peter Hall, James Novak, Tristan Schultz and Beck Davis

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industry project - education

industry project - education

In collaboration with the Queensland Museum the e-waste [re]booted project provided students from the Queensland College of Art with a unique opportunity to design a interactive educational experience for museum visitors. INVENTory, is a place in the museum that seeks to develop experiential, hands on learning that is multigenerational, fun and engaging. The following images document some of the student work emanating from this collaboration. 

Project leaders: Suzanne Misso (Creative Producer, Programming - Queensland Museum), Olivia Muir (Industry engagement, QM) and Beck Davis (Product Design convenor, QCA)

Academic collaborators: Tristan Schultz (VCD convenor), Petra Perolini (Interior Environments convenor)

Industry Partners: Mobile Muster and MRI Pty Ltd.

EWASTE [RE]BOOTED

EWASTE [RE]BOOTED

INVENTory space at Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

EWASTE [RE]BOOTED

EWASTE [RE]BOOTED

INVENTory space at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

e-map

e-map

e-map (detail) designed by Disa Martin and Sean Kim with 'emonster' character designed by VCD students, Queensland College of Art, Product Design (3rd year project) and VCD (2nd year project)

e-ball

e-ball

e-ball designed and developed by Paul Bardini and Callum Burgess, Queensland College of Art, Product Design (3rd year project).

This upcycled game creation was built by Paul and Callum, by reconfiguring old computer fans and programming them with arduino's Paul & Callum created a hands-on two-player game that helped visitors to rethink notions of 'old' waste and 'new' product. 

e-ball (detail)

e-ball (detail)

Designed and developed by Paul Bardini and Callum Burgess.

keyboard wall

keyboard wall

Upscaled, reconfigured, reorientated and reconsidered the keyboard wall was designed and developed by Suzanne Flynn and Emma Shaw, Queensland College of Art, Product design (3rd year).

 Third year product design students with ewaste providers Spyro Kolofotias ( MobileMuster ), Amanda Nissen and John Sarcevic ( MRI Pty Ltd ) and Queensland Museum's Suzanne Misso (Creative Director, Programming).  L to R: Leslie Li, Joe Yang, Paul Bardini, Suzanne Misso, Sean Kim, Michael Rimando, Disa Martin, Michaela Hogan, Emma Shaw, Spyro Kolofotias, Amanda Nissen, John Sarcevic and Beck Davis.

Third year product design students with ewaste providers Spyro Kolofotias (MobileMuster), Amanda Nissen and John Sarcevic (MRI Pty Ltd) and Queensland Museum's Suzanne Misso (Creative Director, Programming).

L to R: Leslie Li, Joe Yang, Paul Bardini, Suzanne Misso, Sean Kim, Michael Rimando, Disa Martin, Michaela Hogan, Emma Shaw, Spyro Kolofotias, Amanda Nissen, John Sarcevic and Beck Davis.

international collaboration - education

international collaboration - education

A collaboration led by three universities in the Asia-Pacific region including Visual Arts Academy, Hong Kong Baptist University; Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and School of Design, Queensland University of Technology.

PROJECT LEADERS: Dr Tricia FLANAGAN (HKBU), Dr Beck DAVIS (GU) and Dr Rafael GOMEZ (QUT)

For more information, please visit the project website: www.hifcloudworkshop.com

 

 Still image from  Sine language  project video.

Still image from Sine language project video.

inductions

inductions

Cloud workshop inductions Lab 4, The Edge, Brisbane.

 Still image from  Ignite  project video.

Still image from Ignite project video.

 Still image from  Ignite  project video.

Still image from Ignite project video.

concept presentations

concept presentations

Cloud workshop student (simultaneous) presentations, Hong Kong and Australia. 

 Still image from  Illumine  project video.

Still image from Illumine project video.

 Still image from  Illumine  project video.

Still image from Illumine project video.

 Still image from  Sine language  project video.

Still image from Sine language project video.

 Still image from  Sine language  project video.

Still image from Sine language project video.

exhibition, August

exhibition, August

Cloud workshop exhibition and presentation. Fashion Farm Foundation, Hong Kong and The Edge, Brisbane (in this picture, The Edge)

exhibition, September

exhibition, September

Cloud workshop exhibition The Edge, Brisbane – to coincide with DIA Design & Technology DIAlogues event.

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DIAlogues green room

DIAlogues green room

Meeting the other panellists. Getting ready for the interrogation. Image credit: DIA.

DIAlogues

DIAlogues

In this picture (left to right): Jane Burry (RMIT), Beck Davis (QCA), Byron George (Russell & George) and Elena Low (xyz). Image credit: DIA.

DIAlogues

DIAlogues

Byron sharing his wisdom. Image credit: DIA.

DIAlogues 2014 – Event 2

Recording of the interrogation forum.

Speakers (LtoR): Christina Waterson, Jane Burry, Beck Davis, Byron George and Elena Low. 

 Established in 2013 and launched in 2014 with $20,000 Teaching and Learning Arts Education Law Grant.  Website due to go live in 2015: www.livespaceqca.com  Academic leaders: Peter Hall, Petra Perolini, Naomi Hay and Beck Davis

Established in 2013 and launched in 2014 with $20,000 Teaching and Learning Arts Education Law Grant.

Website due to go live in 2015: www.livespaceqca.com

Academic leaders: Peter Hall, Petra Perolini, Naomi Hay and Beck Davis

livespace

livespace

Website is now LIVE: http://www.livespaceqca.com.au/

 

Upcycling at Uni

Video summary documenting the outcomes of second year product design course Rethinking Methods and Materials.

Designers: Sarah Capon, Chelsea Bateman and Nelson Vermeer

Lecturer: Michael Epworth // Convenor: Beck Davis

E WASTE

ewaste [RE]BOOTED project. Third year product design course working with ewaste to repurpose, repair, reuse, re-educate

Designers: Callum Burgess & Paul Bardini

Convenor & Lecturer: Beck Davis

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Crane Arts, Philadelphia

Crane Arts, Philadelphia

 Philadelphia

Philadelphia

 Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

 The High Line, New York

The High Line, New York

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 View from the Empire State Building, New York

View from the Empire State Building, New York

 View from the Empire State Building, New York

View from the Empire State Building, New York

 Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island

 Hong Kong

Hong Kong

 Umbrella movement, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Umbrella movement, Admiralty, Hong Kong

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