Jean-Luc Ambridge Lavelle
London :City of Residence
A* A* A :LVL 3 Graphic Design
IN PROGRESS :BA Design
Jean-Luc Ambridge Lavelle
I am a 21 year old designer currently studying at Goldsmiths University of London. Although I began by studying Graphic Design, I am already expanding my creative ideas into other areas of the design practice that don’t necessarily limit me to either two or three dimensions. My study has given me a well-rounded opportunity to further develop my skills and help me achieve a real understanding of the many aspects of design. I have been working with other students from a range of different design backgrounds, which has been both stimulating and mutually beneficial. I enjoy working socially, interactively and in collaboration with other creatives.
Projects to date include conceptual clothing design, installations, film, building/making, graphic design and interventions.
Through general investigation, our main focus was the psychological limitations of escaping; how they effect the space in which we exist. Specifcally our ‘paramount realities.’ By distorting the time-scale of these spaces we have created a perpetual state of existence in a constructed architectural fabrication through post production. The metaphysical scale our project focuses on an infinite structure. There is nothing larger than infinity. However when we consider the scale of the tools we used to explore the infnite loop, we approach the world on a much smaller scale. The mundane. The everyday. The routine. These daily tasks use instinctive and often unconsidered actions and by stretching, exaggerating and fetishising these innate performances, we bring an element of discomfort to the everyday. What if we were to push these forgotten tasks to breaking point? Imagine a world where brushing your teeth took a whole day, we concealed our eyes with layers of makeup and we were bound by the restrictions of never ending clothing. We have trapped our own instinctive routines in to an in lnfinite loop of Purgatory.
A collection of solo and collaborative projects I have engaged in
throughout my two years at Goldsmiths University.
Metadarwinism went through various iterations before reach the state we see it as today. Similarly to its manifesto, it has evolved over time. Removing the weaker aspects of itself until it ‘fits’ best into the environment of the design world.
The first and most drastic iteration was post darwinism. Meta darwinism and post darwinism share the same ‘genes’, but were essentially different species and metadarwinism came out on top.
Post darwinism - This project was an exploration of the ideas Charles Darwin had put forward in the ‘The Origin of Species’. It analysed how the mechanics of the natural world could be applied to the way in which we as designers could addresses issues within our culture. We theorised theorised that the human race had surpassed the point in which it is bound by the laws of natural selection and had developed into a state in which it would be able to better as a race through ‘conscious evolution’.
THE RADIO FORUM.
The Radio Forum was the system we have designed for this project. Currently it is still in its early stages of development, and our group are still undecided as to exactly how it would work. However I will be giving my interpretation of this system.
The Radio Forum is not dissimilar to a non internet version of Twitter, it utilises the framework of Twitter and internet forums such as Reddit to allow people to raise issues and have open and honest discussions about them. Despite coining the term ‘radio’ The platform would actually be mobile phones (these are the most prominent communication devices in Senegal). Essentially multiple topics would be chosen per day (up to around six) these topics would span from general health, to particular Sections of Quantitative data orange would have received. Listeners are then able to select a topic through a dealing system e.g. “press 1 for sexual health” “press 2 for discussions about public change”.
Once you were through to a particular topic, It would be spoken in both Wolof and French (the two prominent languages). Once heard the listener would then have the option to ‘Scroll’ through the feed of responses or submit their own through the telephone. These six topics would change day to day and can be tailored to current events within the country or area. At the end of each day all of the responses are saved into databases of qualitative data. Through speech software and algorithms it would be possible to quickly search through to find out the main issues regarding certain topics. However this could raise issues in regards to treating the qualitative data in a quantitative way.