Angus Colvin, Lead Tutor of BA (Hons) Product & Industrial Design, spoke at PUSHKA Forum on the responsibility of designers to the international community.
The 20th International Biennial of Art will take place in the Portugal city of Cerveira from August 10 to September 23. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the organizers invited more than 400 artists, and also art-focused educational institutions, 21 schools in total, including the British Higher School of Art and Design.
Sofia Zamanskaya, Maria Volkova, Valeria Orishak and Elizaveta Komogorova were awarded scholarships for studies at Foundation Art&Design programme, while Alina Polezhaeva will become student of Foundation Business&Marketing programme.
To get on the short list of Foundation Art & Design, applicants had to submit a motivation letter and a completed project done according to a brief. Applicants were asked to think about various new uses for unnecessary clothes, pictures or garbage. The jury considered not only the final result, but the entire research process.
Sofia Zamanskaya chose wigs as the main material for her work: "Artificial hair can be a good symbol of people's artificial perceptions of beauty. I molded my feet from plastic, wrapped my legs with a mixture of glue and artificial hair and added them to the feet. The form that I got is able to support itself, it’s just the legs made of these artificial hair, and they stand on heels. It symbolizes that all external thoughts that can come to your head regarding how you should look and what you should do are artificial to begin with, because they do not come from you."
Maria Volkova reflected on the Asian pin-up, Valeria Orishak experimented with plastic bags, and Elizaveta Komogorova created new objects and elements of clothes from white T-shirts.
Those applying for Foundation Business & Marketing had to come up with a project that would benefit the community. Alina Polezhaeva conducted a survey on the streets of her district, found out what concerned the residents, and suggested an unconventional solution to these problems.
Scholarships were awarded was part of celebrating BHSAD’s 15th anniversary. You have time until the end of July to apply for Russian programmes.