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Post Forma
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

Post Forma catalogue

Workshop outcome. Black Box by Tin Nguyen

Post Forma was a workshop I ran with Martino Gamper and RMIT Design Hub. It culminated in an exhibition that was mounted alongside Martino’s remarkable project 100 Chairs in 100 Days.

Eleven invited design researchers and practitioners came together over three days to take part in Post Forma: a workshop of collaborative making and ideas exchange that explored cultural diversity in Melbourne.

100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper. On exhibition at RMIT Design Hub.

The workshop explored narrative-based design and focussed on multiculturalism from a social, political and cultural perspective.

We asked participants to research the surrounds of Design Hub, documenting their observations through photography. They were then required to select a single photograph – this was to become the catalyst for their subsequent creation.

Limited to only three days participants had to assemble a one-off object formed from discarded and new materials that communicated a story that leapt off from their selected image.

Martino and workshop participants Daniel To and Emma Aiston.

Post Forma participants in the RMIT workshop.

Post Forma explored and emphasised alternative models for using design and making;

• Design as a tool to learn about other people.
• Design for communication – as a way of sharing narratives and telling stories.
• Design experimentation using discarded materials and found objects with no perceived value.
• Cross-pollination and networking with researchers and designers from different disciplines and backgrounds.
• Opportunity to practice working within specific parameters – limited materials, limited resources, limited time.

 

Post Forma. Exhibition of outcomes at RMIT Design Hub

Post Forma. Exhibition of outcomes at RMIT Design Hub

The workshop culminated in an exhibition of the ideas, mock-ups and prototypes made. It presented new possibilities for objects as drivers for social reflection. 

 

Workshop outcome. Yes, No, Maybe by Ed Cutting.

Workshop outcome. My Compilation by Simone LeAmon.

Workshop outcome.  Awk-mented realilty by Christie Petsinis.

Photography: Tobias Titz

Field Experiments
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

In 2013 I travelled to Bali, Indonesia on a research and making project with Benjamin Harrison Bryant and Karim Charlebois-Zariffa. From June – September 2013, we set up a studio and home in Lodtunduh, a farming community situated on the outskirts of Ubud.

Here we collaborated together and conducted daily experiments in stone masonry, woodcarving, batik, painting, basket weaving and kite making with a community of local craftspeople.

The expedition resulted in the making of more than 100 conceptual objects that challenged the traditional notion of the souvenir. We explored the re-assemblage of cultural craft objects in a tourist-driven economy and examined the influence of transnational exchange in the making process, proposing how a souvenir can manifest and encourage cross-cultural learning and understanding.

Outcomes from Field Experiments Indonesia have since been presented in New York, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, London and Tokyo. The goal is to bring new credence to the concept of ‘Made in Bali’ highlighting the skill and ingenuity of the Balinese people and to foster a renewed appreciation for Balinese craft and culture. Our hope is to inspire a more responsible traveller, one that has a deeper thirst to interact with the Balinese people and their culture, ultimately creating a new platform for the economy of Balinese craft makers that extends well beyond the life of this project.

I Am the City
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

In June 2015, my experimental design collective, Field Experiments, was invited to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles to run a week long workshop as a part of their annual design week.

Their brief for us was to develop a workshop that facilitated the creation of ideas and work based on the students relationship to a city (real or imagined).

Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood

Our workshop was designed to be a momentary study of Inglewood (where Otis is situated) through its parts and people. The working process of the workshop was drawn from the Field Experiments method of observation, play, making, communication and presentation.

Students were required to explore the streets of Inglewood. Observation of their surrounding environment and everyday Inglewood life was the method of design research and the springboard for creation. Students were required to document aspects of interest through all modes available including sound recordings, video recordings, collection of ephemera, photography, sketching. They shared their findings with each other via flash presentations discussing how their observations told a story of Inglewood; its people, culture, history, industry and geography.

Using these observations as a catalyst, students were then required to create a souvenir–a small one-off memento of Inglewood. The souvenir did not necessarily need to be a newly made object, it could be a collected or appropriated item. The idea was to challenge the traditional notion of the souvenir and present a new opportunity for what a souvenir could be–exploring how objects can be embedded with a place and narrative.

The project culminated in a pop-up souvenir store. Students were required to conceptualize, design and build a presentation format to display their souvenirs. They needed to think about the full experience including branding, signage and communications. On the final day their souvenirs were installed and the shop was temporarily opened.

The workshop encouraged students to use design and making as a tool for understanding people and place. A key goal was to tell stories and narratives through objects, using them as a way of understanding our surrounding environment.

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