Encounters: From the gallery to urban space 

Time:December 2, 2018, 2:00-5:00 pm

Location:DAC-Public Art Center, No.6, 2nd floor, Building 8, E-COOL, New Liangjiang district, Chongqing.

Speakers:Ian McArthur(AUS), Luke Hespanhol(AUS), Stephen Goddard(AUS)

Host:Tu Zeng

Dialogue guest:Tao Jiang

The article translation:Meijie Xu

Visual design:Yuhang Lu


UNSW Art & Design

University of Sydney

Design Lab

Priestman Architects

Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Design Academy

E-COOL Art Design Center

Dimensions Art Center

Chongqing ltaly-China Culture Communication Co.,Ltd

ESL Studio Architecture Ingegneria S.a.s

DAC-Public Art Center

Supporter: Internationalized Artistic Talents Program of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

Supporting Media:

■ ■  Overview  ■ ■

        Dr Ian McArthur, (UNSW) Dr Luke Hespanhol (USyd), and Stephen Goddard (UNSW) are academics from two of Australia’s leading design faculties (UNSW Art & Design and the DesignLab at Sydney University’s Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning). In Chonging to collaborate with Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Priestman Architects as part of the innovative mad.lab mobility project with undergraduate and postgraduate students from both universities, they will present three diverse mini-lectures on their respective research and creative practices. As interdisciplinary collaborators, each brings a unique personal history enabling them to contribute insights about emerging practices and issues affecting design. They will report on their practice-led research at a range of scales - from participatory interactions and installations in gallery environments, through to responsive and dialogic interfaces and public art at the scale of the city.

— — Ian McArthur

■ ■   Speakers and Topics  ■ ■

Urban Screen Guanyinqiao (2016)

● Ian McArthur—Mapping Chonging’s Urban Media Ecology

Overview:China’s cities are being remade and rebranded with light emanating from ubiquitous digital media in the form of media architecture, urban screens, mediated retail environments, and mobile media in taxis, elevators, personal devices, and public transport. Chongqing is saturated with an increasing density of urban media making it a particularly pertinent exemplar of China’s urban future and its complex urban media ecologies. The research discussed in this talk maps Chongqing’s urban media ecology using insights derived from expert interviews to establish the viability of further research testing co-designed urban media and participatory design as tools for urban planners, government, industry, and citizens. The findings suggest that in this cultural context the potential of urban media to introduce novel participatory methods benefiting urban planning is dependent on collaborations with property developers, manufacturers, and architects open to testing small scale interventions at a community level.  

      — — Ian McArthur

The Dash Wall(2018), Footbridge Gallery, The University of Sydney Camperdown campus, Sydney, Australia. Programmable RGB LED media façade

● Luke Hespanhol—Making Meaningful Spaces: Strategies for Enduring Digital Placemaking

Overview:Contemporary city making has taken a turn towards favouring situated interventions that welcome participation by local communities, addressing their shared concerns, reflecting their values, and promoting social interaction through casual encounters in streets and public spaces. Increasingly, those interventions involve the application of digital urban media and technologies to facilitate interactions between members of a community around public spaces they share – which, in the process, acquire new meaning and significance. Although the applications of digital placemaking strategies (as those initiatives came to be known as) represent a practice still largely experimental, we can already observe the consolidation of emerging trends for their design. This talk will discuss the concept of meaningful spaces, how those address more than just safety, comfort and enjoyment, and some of those emerging trends pointing to ways digital placemaking can contribute to the design and long-term endurance of meaningful spaces.

   — — Luke Hespanhol

Blind Sight (2017) installation detail, Huon pine, vintage optometrist testing kit, CNC routing and laser engraving

● Stephen Goddard—Design, Seam Practice and the Anxious World

Overview:This presentation focuses on the intimate practice of the individual designer. Design practice in a contemporary and pressured world can be understood within a range of models, which has led to what is being referred to as seam practice. This allows us to consider a range of practice typologies within an overall design network. To imagine future responses to the pressures of a world that is accelerating, this presentation considers the model of quadratic consciousness proposed by John Wood, which argues for a network of designers that is greater than the sum of the individual parts, all contributing to what Wood describes as a ‘wisdom economy’. The talk will focus on the outcomes of recent works in which the designer can be seen as an author within the seam space, working outside the dominant ideologies of commercial practice.

— — Stephen Goddard

■ ■   Introduction of speakers  ■ ■ 

Ian McArthur(AUS)

        Dr Ian McArthur is a hybrid practitioner working in the domains of experimental interdisciplinary practice, transcultural collaboration, sound art, experimental radio, metadesign, and education change. Research projects include the development of mad.lab, an urban research platform in Chongqing, South West China in collaboration with industry partners Priestman Architects and Cqubed. mad.lab’s program focuses on developing education, research, and industry projects to incubate, develop and present new site-specific, mediated and issue-based concepts for the future of cities. This intersects with Ian’s research investigating the development of participatory design methods using large urban screens as diagnostic tools for urban planning with Australia and China based researchers and practitioners.

        Ian has a long-standing association with China. In 2001-2003 he was Program Director of Graphic Design at La Salle DHU (Donghua University, Shanghai) where he initiated The Collabor8 Project to foster creative collaboration between China and Australia. This initiative lead to a decade of developing culturally adaptive pedagogies and design processes using online, social and responsive technologies to create collaborative experimental spaces. In 2015 Ian completed his doctoral thesis 「Activating A Framework For Transcultural Interdisciplinary Collaboration In Design Education: Sino Australian Field Studies」.

        Ian’s practice as creative producer and sound artist involves utilising granular and generative synthesis, mobile technologies, and open source platforms in exhibitions and telematic, non-idiomatic improvised performances. These works are manifested in regular broadcasts with collaborator Annie Morrad on New York’s experimental radio channel Wave Farm WGXC 90.7 FM, and as heard on BBC Radio 6. He has also produced experimental sonifications for responsive interactive media environments used in a series of public art installations and exhibitions in Australia and China.

        His research is acknowledged internationally in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, curated exhibitions and symposiums including the Media Architecture Biennale, Sydney 2016 (Doctoral Consortium Chair); AGIdeas Design for Business (2015); The Journal of Design Business & Society; ISEA2013 (Panel Chair); Hybrid Cities 2 and 3, University of Athens 2013/2015; the GeoCity Smart City Information Design Symposium CMoDA (2012, Beijing Design Week), ICDHS2012 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies (2012, Sao Paulo); Red Objects: Collaboration in Experimental Design (2011, Sydney), Cumulus World Expo: Better City, Better Life Conference (2010, Shanghai), Xindanwei (2010, Shanghai), AGDA (2010, Sydney), ICOGRADA World Design Congress (2009, Beijing), Studio Teaching Forum (2009, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart), The 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices (2009, UdK, Berlin), and DesignEd Asia, (2008, Hong Kong Polytechnic).

Luke Hespanhol(AUS)

        Dr Luke Hespanhol's practice investigates the potential of interactive media to create engaging experiences that lead to reflection on the relationship between individuals and the immediate environment around them. He has explored these possibilities of public expression through the development of interactive media installations for academic research, galleries and public art festivals. Luke holds a PhD from the Design Lab, University of Sydney, researching interactive media architecture and the user-centred design of hybrid urban environments. His research spans a wide spectrum of interactive media applications, from urban media art and generative media to responsive environments, technology-mediated social interactions, digital placemaking, urban informatics, smart cities and media architecture.

        Luke is a lecturer in Design and Computation, a former guest researcher at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a member of the Media Architecture Institute.

Stephen Goddard(AUS)

        Stephen Goddard is a designer and Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design. His work has been primarily within the cultural sector around Australia as an independent exhibition, brand and publication designer, after beginning his career in theatre design. 

        Milestone projects have included art direction of the Sydney Festival brand and collateral (2002-05); exhibition lead and publication designer for Wood: art design architecture, Glass: art design architectureand Steel: art design architecture for JamFactory, Adelaide; and book and brand designer for the The Pool, Australia’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Other notable exhibition designs include Hyperclay and Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, both for the Australian Design Centre. He has won many awards for publication and exhibition design.

        Goddard is currently a Master of Design (Research) candidate at UNSW Art & Design with a focus on multidisciplinary practice in an activist modality and operating within a pressured world.

        He worked as a Senior Creative Associate with Object: Australian Design Centre focussed on organisational transformation facilitated by design. He has been a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts on two occasions, firstly in the University of Tasmania’s Rosamund McCulloch Studio and later in the studio of Ville de Paris, Direction des Affaires culturelles. He has as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Graduate Diploma of Art, Craft and Design from the University of Tasmania, majoring in graphic design and photography. More recently he has been engaged as an exhibition curator and writer.