Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Boisbuchet Workshop “Animism – The Tales of Matter”

with Julia Lohmann & Gero Grundmann

Domaine de Boisbuchet
August 20th – 26th 2017

The Workshop

Natural materials are imbued with lives of their own, with their own life stories. They tell tales of the earth, the wind, the water, and the sun. Of swarming and gathering, of predator and prey, resilience and respite, mimicry and motion, becoming and vanishing. They connect nature and culture, science and art, thinking and doing, the past with present and future, and the human maker with a sense of the non-human being the material once was.

We tune into the tales of matter and explore the interrelated web of beings that make up the eco-system of Boisbuchet. Then we try to make the voices of the materials perceptible by creating things and interventions that enable them to tell their own tales – in their own material voice.


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Murals in Busan

Before our ‘Inclusion by Design’ seminar at the Design Center Busan, I explored the small streets leading into the hills surrounding the city. I found these murals, adding a bit of colour to an as yet undeveloped neighbourhood in this rapidly changing city.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The People and Produce of Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan

After our seaweed farm visit we spent a couple of hours exploring Busan’s Jagalchi fish market. Below, a few photos of the women running most of the stalls and of some of the wares on sale. The place, with its people, wealth of marine life and rainbow colours, has a wonderfully weathered seafaring atmosphere and is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Busan Seaweed Farm Visit

On 5 December 2010, I visited a Busan seaweed farmer as part of a joint research project with designer Julia Lohmann, aiming to develop seaweed as a design material. Julia began the project during her 3-month stay at the S-AIR artist in residence centre in Sapporo, Japan, in 2007, and continued it as a design research fellow at the Stanley Picker Gallery of Kingston University. She is now extending both her research and design work with seaweed as part of her practice-based PhD studentship at the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I am very grateful to the British Council Korea for making this research trip possible.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Inclusive Design Workshop Impressions – Design Center Busan