Directed by one time London College of Printing (now LCC) student Neville Brody, the Anti-Design Festival was originally conceived to push against the commercial polish of the London Design Festival which takes place concurrently.
Brody, who was expelled from LCP for allegedly inverting the Queen’s head on a postage stamp, has created a rival event which aims to celebrate experimentation within art and design with success and failure both welcome outcomes of the creative process.
At multiple venues around Redchurch Street in London’s Shoreditch, the festival will incorporate exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances and talks in Art, Design, Product, Film, Sound, Fashion, Performance, Print and Interactive.
The main venue is the Londonewcastle Project Space at 28 Redchurch Street which will place host to the RadLab – an open workshop conducting four full-days of creative exploration. Recent graduates from LCC will be providing the action and discussion on Wednesday 22 Sept promising an opportunity for the audience to explore the relationship between academic and professional life and the role of design.
Sarah Temple, Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the Diploma in Professional Studies at LCC, fulfilling the role as one of five ‘Lab Leaders’ welcomes you to join the graduates for the all day event - Points of Transition.
Points of Transition kicks off at 11am with Turning the Tables. LCC graduates deliver 15 min workshops on subjects that they consider to be design fundementals – Listening, Desire, Citizen Design, Responsibility, Originality, Craft.
At 2pm Pro-Activism turns the lab into a productive space for making work on the subject of Anti Design. Participants will be invited to work with Riso printers, letterpress, screenprinting and scanners.
At 4pm Is free Fair? begins. An intervention, demonstration and debate on the subject of unpaid internships with guest speakers Martin Bright of New Deal, Shiv Malik, author of ‘Jilted Generation’ and the founder of Intern agency Internocracy. Participants will be asked to make their own tea.
To be part of it and find out more, visit - www.antidesignfestival.com/disinformation/.
Words by Adam Hayes