• Critical cloth

      Williams, Rhiannon; University of Derby (2015-10)
      A solo exhibition. Each patchwork entails a highlighting (or mutilation) of language and text that becomes intensified through tessellation within a stitched honeycomb framework. This strategy is one of selection and magnification, framing words, phrases and excerpts in such a way that a critique is suggested to the viewer. The intensity of hand stitching over long periods of time exaggerates the semiotic impact of each ‘snippet’ of text. In some pieces, the systematic recording of language becomes historical in a documentary sense. Money Talks, for example, showcases journalistic language generated during the Credit Crunch and beyond: ‘capitalism in crisis’, ‘recession’, ‘slump’, ‘financial gloom’, and more recently, ‘consumer confidence’, ‘road to recovery’, ‘austerity’ and ‘more cuts to come’.
    • Linking languages: Realigning design vocabularies [Editorial]

      Oddey, Alison; Benedetto, Stephen Di; White, Christine; University of Derby (Intellect, 2013-12-01)
      A crowded gallery, a theatre in the round or the backroom of a local pub can become more than a destination. These spaces are transformed when a group of people come together to share an experience, whether it is to view a display of Enlightenment curiosities, a representation of the pit of history or the history of the Canadian nation. Each space contains an event, which is designed, planned for, shaped and presented, to impart some mediated experience. Much of the vocabulary we use to describe the elements and principles for shaping the scene are a result of inherited assumptions made popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The challenges that have evolved with technologies have exerted tensions and pressures on some of the vocabularies we use, in order to describe the organization of scenes. Our relationship to the world is framed by our exposure to ubiquitous experiences and technological interactions. Our vocabularies and languages to describe technologies and discoveries maintain a static language even when a visual organization influenced by an ‘Ap’ icon is drastically different from those of the early industrial age. While our aspirations for creating artwork that challenges the world as it is, remains constant, our conception of what constitutes effective expression has changed.