This talk is from This Happened London #10, Fri 23rd Sep 2011
Matt Ward is a Lecturer in Design at Goldsmiths, where he runs the BA Design. His research is diverse in nature and includes the investigation of emerging technologies, design methods and processes and critical/speculative design practice. He is a member of DWFE; an experimental design syndicate producing projects that look at how artefacts, systems and material culture can offer some degree of relief from the emptiness of contemporary living.
GREEN=BOOM was an installation – an experience prototype – where invited guests disarm fabricated bombs. This installation took place at Shopwork during April 2011 and involved the design and construction of an environment where an explosive ‘device’ could be set, disarmed and potentially detonated. The experiment is part of an ongoing attempt to develop tension and anxiety: emotions that elevate our engagement within an entertainment topology.