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Graduate Lea Nagano’s work with Squintopera for the new Endeavour Galleries at the National Maritime Museum
Graduate Lea Nagano worked with Squintopera over the last year to direct five audio-visual media installations for the new permanent ‘Endeavour Galleries’ at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.
“It was a very exciting and rich project that is now brilliantly staged within the beautiful exhibition design done by Casson Mann. I feel honoured to be part of it and I am deeply thankful for everyone who was involved and supported me during this time. Greenwich is always worth a visit, so please pop in if you’re near byand enjoy the insights and stories about the sea and how it shaped today’s Britain!”
“You’re in for a treat. The new galleries are absolutely fabulous” – Sir David Attenborough
All photographs: Squintopera
Last night our friends from across the Museums sector, designers, architects, MANE alumni and students joined us at Central Saint Martins to celebrate the publication of The Future of Museum and Gallery Design, co-edited by MA NE course leader Patricia Austin, Susan McLeod, Jonathan Hale and Oscar Ho Hing-Kay.
Guests enjoyed an upbeat evening of drinks and industry networking followed by a presentation and panel discussion of the book by its co-authors Jonathan Hale and Patricia Austin with special features from architect Sarah Featherstone and Tom Duncan, who flew in from Berlin.
The Future of Museum and Gallery Design brings together multiple voices from all over the world to present a vision of museums as catalysts for critical debate, cultural exchange and community building. It makes a case for more open and experimental approaches to making museums and highlights the many ways socially-engaged design can help to transform museums into agents of change.
The book is available to buy on Amazon: The Future of Museum and Gallery Design
Exciting things are happening with Feminist Internet, a movement co-founded by a group of artists and designers that include MA NE alumni Rhiannon Williams.
Working to advance internet equalities for women and other marginalised groups through critical practice, Feminist Internet has recently been selected for a fellowship with UAL’s Creative Computing Institute and awarded a residency at Somerset House.
Read more about that here Somerset House Feminist Internet Residency
Last week we caught up with Rhiannon Williams. She shared insights from the latest Feminist Internet workshop “Designing a Feminist Alexa” with us.
“Online equality is at the heart of Feminist Internet’s work and beliefs, so when we were fortunate enough to get a Fellowship with UAL’s Creative Computing Institute we decided to hold workshops for ‘Designing a Feminist Alexa,’ working also with creative innovation firm Comuzi.
Helping students to design and prototype empathically thought-out Personal Intelligent Assistants, (PIAs) the workshop was motivated by an awareness of how designer bias can impact the way artificial intelligence and other forms of technology make decisions.
As well as drawing conclusions from biased societal data sets, AI personal assistants are almost always given an unnecessary female identity, do not have any means of re-educating or responding constructively to abusive language from their user, and rarely are designed to meet the needs of diverse and disadvantaged groups of people.
These factors among others lead to AI bots that reinforce the subservient female stereotype and that are not designed to treat all users equally, and in order to challenge this the studio had two clear aims in mind whilst designing: to meet a meaningful user need, and to promote equality for women and other marginalised groups.
During the first workshop the students came up with some incredibly thoughtful PIA prototypes that responded to genuine human needs – they considered the appearance of the device, its tone of voice and how it fit into the narrative of a designated user’s daily routine.
Even as prototypes these PIAs went beyond simple tasks, consoling, educating and playing music for their users, and I cannot wait to see the outcome of the November workshop!”
Read more about Feminist Internet – Designing a Feminist Alexa in the Marie Claire article here.
There is also a Feminist Internet Podcast in the pipeline, supported by the UAL Creative Computing Institute, exploring the theme of recording spaces – so stay tuned!