Some Design Fest Links


The ‘Spaces’ group met up this morning. We had a really good discussion of ideas. Still quite ‘blue sky’ but with a view to coming up with some more solid proposals.

SAMSUNGWe discussed:
The ‘River of Light Festival’ by Creatmosphere. Use canals and rivers.
Anna Garforth’s ‘Grow’ project (“A self initiated project, searching for hidden, wild spaces around London. This small wilderness was locked away behind steel gates. A disused plot of land awaiting development.”). Can we bring green to hidden spaces?
What about re-designing urban allotments? This links with the upcoming ‘biospheric’ project – part of this years MIF. Design and urban food growing?
A series of designed anti-sensory spaces (in small units, portable?, in shipping containers?): could be anechoic chambers (zero external noise); monochrome spaces (e.g. James Turrell); total black-out space; subsonic frequency space; meditative space; dark touch space (consider disabilities such as deafness and blindness etc); low-stimulus spaces etc….
Digital Vs Non-digital? Digital plus non-digital?
Transitional spaces into and within Manchester : airport, bus/train stations.
How about tents / colour spaces.
Disorientation zones; disrupting patterns. Highlight how we are already disorientated in the city.
Making the familiar unfamiliar; making the unfamiliar familiar.
Can we use roof tops? (The New Build Terrace?)
A disorientation lift: could someone design a lift that went down and yet fooled you into thinking it was going up (and vice versa).
Could we have a theme of messing with the senses, disorientation, changing perceptions, challenging experiences?



Working with local and international artists SEVEN SITES presented a series of performances and installations in different locations across Manchester and Salford. With one installation or performance occurring each month between September 2011 and March 2012 SEVEN SITES developed as an accumulative collection of diverse encounters.

Inviting artists to occupy the differing environments of a domestic flat, a church hall, a hotel room, a roof top and a comedy club the encounters evolved into playful punctuation marks within everyday routines, disrupting the familiar frameworks of engagement that occur between artworks, audiences and the city.

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RIBA’s Forgotten Spaces.

This national competition, which every year occurs simultaneously in the north and south, aims to uncover the potential of the neglected buildings and land that punctuate urban spaces as frequently as ferries across the Mersey. This year, designers and architects are being invited to put forward proposals as to how they would transform such places in Preston and London – anything from empty shop units to derelict houses. RIBA, which has run the competition since 2010, says that proposals “can be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building,” the only condition being that the designs connect in some way to the local community.

Could this be a MCC / MDF collaboration?




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