BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts is a future-facing course, playfully exploring interactions between people, objects and systems across a variety of designed experiences in an environment where ideas hold sway over technology.
This year’s line-up of work – shown in LCC Degree Shows 2018: Show 2, 21–23 June 2018 – includes a diverse range of interactive installations, moving image projects, performance and physical computing crossing the boundaries of high-tech, low-tech and no-tech.
Here we shine a spotlight on some of the projects on show…
‘Our Lady of Air Pollution’
‘Poland is the most religious country in the EU – and during winter also the most polluted one. The air pollution in small towns is not caused by industrialisation, but rather a direct activity of individuals: burning household trash, which ranges from rubber to plastic. This project tackles the issue in a site-specific way, focusing on an off-season spa town Busko-Zdrój, which reaches deadly pollution levels every year. It aims to temporarily shift the power of religion – from being connected with constant human rights violation (especially in the context of rigorous abortion law issues in Poland) to a social change catalyst. The process involves a letter sent to Pope Francis, smog detecting religious artifacts and local participation, among others.’
Lou-Anne Le Mener
‘Womb – From Denver to Paris’
In this project, Lou has created a doll’s house using shadow puppetry – every window represents a moment of her life, from the giving of the baby to the new mother to be, to identity questioning who she was when growing up, to a 21-year-old who found her birth parents. Inspired by Kara Walker, Womb is a magical and emotional piece to retrace a moment and a story.
‘BLOW by BLOW’
‘BLOW by BLOW’ is an participative and collaborative installation which defines Europe as a strength and focuses it on these notions: connection, drawing people together and cultural interaction. Through this installation Guillaume wanted the audience to think about a collective Europe and experience it in a physical and visual way, in that when people come together greatness can be achieved. What they want to show people in a literal way is that when enough of such individuals come together and are bound by a common belief, that is where true power lies.
‘Don’t Tell Me How To Feel About You’
‘This is a personal piece that I created that was born out of the feelings I had toward past lovers who had wronged me. I created this piece in order to give myself the opportunity to say the things that I have felt in response to these men, that I never got to say at the time. I created the ‘Boyfriend’ as a vessel for my rage and distress and progressed from that point. I took him out in public on dates in order to see how the public would react to us but also to simulate companionship that was cut short. I wanted the opportunity to get things off my chest as well as giving myself a safe space to experience intimacy and companionship without opening myself up to cruel remarks and actions from real people. The piece evolved into a film in three chapters following some organic, spontaneous writing of spoken word pieces about three of the most hurtful lovers. I wanted to portray in film the outcomes of the relationships that I had wished for in contrast to the stories of hurt, betrayal and manipulation. I hope to continue these experiments in self-care and recovery in the future which will culminate in a public display of rage to allow me to process the anger I have been feeling for some time and have not yet dealt with.’
Find out more about LCC Degree Shows 2018: Show 2.