New design workshop intensive unit available over Summer break

15 December 2011

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will be hosting a unique 5-day intensive workshop for students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, as well as participants seeking to enter the Faculty in 2012 or beyond.

Successful completion of the workshop and assessment tasks will allow students to gain credit for a 6-credit point unit of study (DESA3554) which can then count as an elective for either the Bachelor of Design in Architecture or the Bachelor of Design Computing.

Participants in this 5 day workshop will conceive and construct a fantastic collection of interconnected kinetic sculptures from salvaged cardboard and packaging materials. Together with architect and sculptor Kirsty Fletcher, students will devise a cog-web infrastructure and a population of strange machines.

The individual devices, and the way in which they interact, will be an exploration of form, mechanism, movement and pattern-making. The overall field will be a combination of repeated modules (infrastructure system), open plaza (left-over or in-between space) and unique nodes (the devices).

Partially based on the Stravinsky Fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, this project aims to invent simple mechanical devices that transform and interact in a complex and seemingly unpredictable way. The final performance will, hopefully, be part clockwork forest, part Dada dream where 100 automations dance and clang and grow and thrill in response to the turning of a single wheel.

The workshop also provides a unique opportunity to experience design study at University level, providing an invaluable kick start for further university study or for final HSC year subjects in Design Technology and Visual Arts. A limited number of equity-based scholarships are available to cover not only tuition fees but also related material, travel and meal expenses.

Download the full unit description here.

Contact: John Elliott

Phone: 02 9351 7591

Email: 12075b207d3d055f232c3f0018200e2839374b6016550f7b3033