Key Ideas is an annual lecture series organised by the Design Area specifically for Camberwell College of Arts design students.
Key Ideas: Taste – 27 October 2010
“Everyone has taste and yet it is a more taboo subject than sex or money. The reason for this is simple. Claims about your attitudes to or achievements in the carnal or financial arenas can be disputed only by your lover and your financial advisors, whereas by making a statement about your taste you expose body and soul to terrible scrutiny.” - Stephen Bayley, P.13, General Knowledge, Booth Clibborn Editions (2000).
The first Key Ideas Symposium this year will begin with a series of presentations, examining the idea of taste and looking specifically at the manifestation of a style and its application. The aim of the event is to trace the development of taste as an idea and to ask all participants to consider what this thing taste is, where it comes from and what it means.
Darryl Clifton (Design Area Leader + BA Illustration Course Director) will give a ‘light’ overview of that development, referencing the work of Stephen Bayley, outlining the relationship between taste and class, idealism and philosophy and should act as a prompt to the afternoons activity.
Catharine Rossi, a PhD student at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum‘s History of Design department, will expand on our understanding of the cultural value of objects with her lecture ‘From Luxury to Kitsch, and back again: Crafting Design in Post-War Italy’.
Lastly, our special guest Mr Crumpet, a fictional character from Henry Morley’s short story ‘A House Full of Horrors’, will comment on the use of decorative elements and ornaments.
The afternoon part of the event will be practical and will consist of a workshop and a group curated ‘pop up’ exhibition of images considered by the students to be of good and bad taste.
The day will be recorded and the materials produced archived and potentially used in a publication by Graphic Designer Paul Hardman.
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Thanks to GFSmith for donating the paperstock for the event.