Ollie George

Design/writing/research
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2019

Department of Extension
(event) at Kingston School of Art




The Department of Extension is an unreal school. Its students, if only temporarily, enrol to imagine ‘otherwise’. Under the guise of a school open day, the Department pools together students and ex-students, future students and non-students, and practitioners and educators, to re-imagine the art school’s current condition in a one-day symposium.

April 2nd @ Kingston School of Art
www.departmentofextension.com


Nouns of Assembly
(workshop + research)


A new blueprint-lexicon for learning and collectivity, assembled through permutational ‘learning scenarios’. Nouns of Assembly aliases as brief, menu, buzzword, symposia, and/or pedagogic manual.


More info: www.nounsofassembly.com


2018

The School of Being
(txt) for Intern Mag


Literary fiction published on Intern Mag
Co-written with Alternative Art School

“Here, participants create work solely through their dictation of thought. Elements of composition have grown beyond variables of colour, contrast or proportion. A participant’s voice is now their algorithm: intonation, stress, rhythm, and pause all become tools of the palette. A stutter can add patterns of repetition, stressed syllables to help elongate length, while volume may extrude or contract a being’s depth. Multilingualism favours one’s range, where a participant’s ability to reference, extract, unite and juxtapose secondary language immediately creates nuance. Lost scripts can be revived into new environments, and self-study of etymology is highly encouraged.”


Made in Dschermany

(show) with Slavs and Tatars

Exhibition identity & production


“Made in Dschermany extends Slavs and Tatars’ artistic practice into German orientalism, philology and the country’s complex relationship with Islam, through the perspective of four letters: DSCH. As keen observers of epiphenomena—from monobrows to mistranslations—at the Albertinum’s Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, the artists shed light on the little-known history of Germany’s relationship with Islam, at a time when issues of faith and identity are increasingly instrumentalized against that very history.”


Wripped Scripped

(book) with Slavs and Tatars

Design assistance with Stan de Natris
Published by Hatje Cantz, more info



“Wripped Scripped continues the collective’s investigation of alphabets as an equally political and affective platform. While the roll-out of new alphabets has often accompanied the rise and fall of empires, the artists attempt to liberate not so much peoples and nations but rather the sounds and letters that make up langauge.”


Safar 1388

(img) with Slavs and Tatars


Digital print on PVC, 24 × 35 cm. Installation view at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.


The Alphabet (Uighur)

(img) with Slavs and Tatars

Screenprint on mulberry paper, 31 × 43.5 cm, edition of 15 (+5AP), numbered, commissioned by Walther König.


2017

Topical Tales

(wksp) at Kingston School of Art

A one day lecture-workshop in collaboration with research platform ACED and the Royal College of Art. The event engaged with post-truth politics and the blurring of fact and fiction within design and journalistic practices. Speakers included Mould Map, Daniel Nørregaard, and ACED.


Spatial design referenced news sandwich boards through the fastening of programmes and intersecting grids that framed critical quotes. The workshop then employed rapid digital image production, responding to current affairs in a collective online collage. News of the day created a visual toolkit and topicaltales.eu becames its sandbox.


Alternative Art School

(img/exh) with Joe Moreno, Emma Teasdale, and Sheona Turnbull

Pedagogic research project, initiated by Kingston School of Art lecturer Dr Cathy Gale and adopted by myself and several other design students.

Additional publication design for its compiled research. Read: Alternative Art School (PDF)


The project offered space within the institutional Graphic Design programme to unpack and toy with issues of art education and design practice through student-led symposia and pedagogic experiments. 


States of Change

(exh/txt) with Sheona Turnbull

Exhibition identity and copywriting for a BA Graphic Design show. States of Change documented recent encounters with London and Berlin through an assembly of printed matter, photography and moving image.


Promotional material reflected the textural layering of Berlin fly-postering through a motif of typographic forms and colour extracted from material during a visit. An edition of beer mats was created for use as invites through a process that echoed the print-minded rationale still prevalent across Berlin.


During the exhibition, a workshop was co-ordinated as a live exercise in the show’s branding. Participants could select from visual tests and identity materials to construct an ephermeral commentary of the event. The canvas was cut, collated and bound into an A2 book. Textural qualities of rips and layering became a tactile account of the audience’s presence that evening.


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