In January I visited the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris to see a burlesque show.
When looking at projection for my Specialist Studies Performance 1 module, I researched the show and analysed the technicalities used. I noticed that projection and projection mapping was used heavily throughout the performance and considered how I could incorporate this into my performance design.
Projection mapping is a projection technology used to turn objects into display surfaces for video projection. By using specialized software, a two or three dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. This is true of the performers in the Crazy Horse show to show naked dancers modestly covered up with the patterns of projection.
I was interested in finding out more about projection mapping after finding the following image from AM-CB Dance Company and reading about interactive projection mapping and ISADORA technology.
I was inspired by this type of projection mapping and considered implementing it into my performance piece for either Specialist Studies Performance 1 or 2. A friend who studies Filmmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University had a workshop on projection mapping recently and had the opportunity to project his short film onto a cube covered with gauze.
The ‘Designer ,Maker, User’ exhibition at The Design Museum in Kensington gave me a greater understanding into how design is interconnected through the three roles of the designer, maker and user of a product.
The exhibition featured an insight into the development of modern design providing three different views through the angles of the designer, maker and users.
The exhibition covered a broad range of design disciplines such as architecture and engineering to fashion and and graphics. The range of different types of designs allowed me to expand my perception of what design is and how its effects are greater than I once considered.
After the group left the exhibition I decided to stay and visit the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition also taking place in The Design Museum. I initially went to see David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ however I ended up being inspired by the range of different designs featured.
The themes of the exhibition consisted of the following; self, renew, place, start, connect, unite and act. I recognised these themes in all of the designs I saw.
The Beazley Design of the Year featured at the back of the exhibition – the Ikea Refugee Shelter ‘Better Shelter’ , designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Nicoló Barlera, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer and Tim de Haas.
The design is said to put values ahead of value and benefit above profit. A simple design yet of major impact and importance to third world countries. I thought this design related back to all seven of the exhibitions themes.
I also came across some initial design sketches in a sketchbook for a lamp by a Swedish designer. I found it refreshing to see and compare the first stage of the design to the final product of the lamp placed next to the designers sketchbook. It was also encouraging to see the rough concept sketches made into something physical.
I recently came across a new Netflix Original series centred around art and design.
Abstract: The Art of Design consists of eight short documentaries profiling designers representing different fields in the industry.
The episodes, each roughly 40 minutes long and helmed by different directors, feature designers such as footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, set designer Es Devlin, architect Bjarke Ingles and illustrator Christoph Niemann.
I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix late one night and I can honestly say it has motivated and inspired me in every sense of the word. I was particularly impressed by illustrator Christoph Niemann’s modest approach towards drawing and Es Devlin’s bold set designs. I followed them both on Instagram after watching the documentaries and now have access to daily updates and therefore daily inspiration from both designers.
I took inspiration and have referenced Es Devlin in my Specialist Studies in Design module for the Performance 1 project in which I have designed a performance space for a client.
I recommend these documentaries to everyone I speak to regarding design.
Check it out if you want to be wowed by wonderful design and designers: