03 Jul, 2010

RCA SHOW part two

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Here’s the promised second part of our round up of great work spotted at the Roycal College of Art’s SHOW Two yesterday…

Paul Scattergood displayed this series of untitled lenticular images which were, in part, the fruit of his research project, Materiality and Space in Illusionist Pictures. The lenticular display helps to fool the viewer into believing that the flat print conveys spatial depth…

Geetika Alok created these typographic posters that warranted closer inspection:

Rebecca Davies produced a newsprint publication called The Elephant which contains observations made of the residents of Elephant and Castle prior to the demolition of the areas landmark shopping centre and the neighbouring Heygate Estate. Great drawings and transcripts of overheard conversations:

Mark El-Khatib‘s posters combined digital type with handwritten text:

Oscar Bauer (of Oscar & Ewan design studio) displayed several images by layering photogrphic images and overlaying illustrations on acetate:

Je Baak displayed three looping animations comprised of video footage of fairground rides cleverly comped together to create weird looking mechanical creatures…

The Structure Of (2010) from Je Baak on Vimeo.

Louise O’Connor explored the idea of creating a scale model that showed the vastness of the solar system in a more accurate way than the diagrams in text books. She created a walkable scale model and installed it along Kingsland Road in London. Various shopkeepers who happened to occupy the appropriate spot along the route acted as guardians of the planets – hosting models represented by everyday objects at their correct sizes on this 3.1km scale. Mark Henderson photographed the shopkeepers with the planets as part of the project:

We wandered into the product design section of the RCA show and spotted a few things of interest:

Robert Maslin‘s Edible Games really appealed. Here are some photos of the battleship version (outer packaging, above, inner (foil) package and the chocolate bar itself, below). The idea is that on removing the outer paper wrapping, you can rub the foil to see the game grid and rub individual squares on the foil packaging to find out if you’ve hit a boat or not:

Jamie Tunnard’s dual function Desklamp/Projector can be used as a normal lamp or as a projector. The lamphead contains a replacable LED bulb for use as a normal desk lamp. It also houses a miniature LED projector enabling moving image to be displayed. It can be connected to a TV receiver box or DVD player via ports housed in the base of the lamp. The projector is capable of screening an image up to one metre wide:

Hye-Yeon Park‘s Mr. Clock project also caught our attention:

The large flip clock only tells the time when you stand in front of it / pay attention to it. When left to its own devices it displays nonsensical abstract configurations. Watch what happens when people stop looking at it:

Mr.Clock_Hye-yeon.park_Design Product_2010 RCA from hye-yeon.park on Vimeo.


The work shown here really is the tip of a hugely impressive iceberg – there’s lots of really strong work (including some really great animation) and it’s well worth a visit to the RCA to check out the work on display in the flesh. The show is running until July 4 at the RCA, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU.

Details on SHOW Two on the RCA website rca.ac.uk/

Thanks to Cali Blackwell for helping with the images

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