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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

Making Do Again
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By Paul Marcus Fuog

Making Do was a workshop U-P delivered in 2014 at MPavilion with friends Jacob Klein from Haw-Lin and Adli Klein from Such Agreeable Friends. We returned to MPavilion this summer to deliver the second workshop of this series titled Making Do Again

Once again, the workshop focused on thinking as making, trusting your intuition, rapid creation, being present in the moment and iteration as a testing and refinement methodology in the making process.

Participants were presented with a selection of common materials: bits of rope, timber, bamboo, recycled plastic bags, tarp etc. Responding to the the theme of shelter, focusing on protection against the elements, they were tasked to create three outcomes with a time limit of 15 minutes for each response. Participants were encouraged to use their bodies as a vehicle for their creation.

The workshop encouraged design experimentation, improvisation and active thinking. Participants were challenged to think as they make. Through jumping in and using their hands to dismantle, deconstruct, join, stack and rearrange materials, participants created responsive and reactionary situations. As each participant immersed themselves in the activity of destruction and making they began to remove the traces of the original item and started to provide new meaning and context for the materials they were using.

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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