The Design Interaction department of the Royal College of Art in London currently shows an exhibition which is a unique collaboration between science and design, "exploring the importance of engineering and pysical sciences in all aspects of our lives".
The IMPACT! exhibition is an experiment. Each of the sixteen design projects has been created by graduates, staff and students from the Design Interactions department at the Royal College of Art, and are based on a research project or research centre supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The research included in the exhibition spans the broad spectrum of engineering and physical sciences. It ranges from renewable energy devices and security technologies to the emerging fields of synthetic biology and quantum computing. The design projects they have created bring a new perspective to the research. They do not seek to predict the future, or show design applications of science, but offer a creative interpretation of these new scientific ideas.
Shown above are The 5th dimensional Camera by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, a fictional device that captures glimpses of parallel universes suggested by quantum physics.
James Auger's HappyLife is a surveillance set up to detect psychological processes that could indicate guilty intentions. In the context of national security, invasive technology is accepted because the worst-case scenario would be infinitely worse. These technologies though often filter into everyday life where their application has a far more questionable presence.
Noam Toran presented his new movie If we never meet again, which is shot from two different perspectives: a man's and a machine's. The dual imagery invites multiple readings of a single scene.
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