Ollie George

is a designer, writer and researcher,
currently based in London.

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2019

Eliza Ludd & the Fog

(workshop) at Het Nieuwe Instituut

As part of the NEUHAUS curriculum, Eliza Ludd & the Fog will look to collectively narrate our so-called New Dark Age through the excavation of a lost fiction.

A process of character-building and narrative mapping will see Eliza Ludd, the only non-male pseudonym deployed within the 19th century Luddite revolts, re-actioned in a contemporary mythology.



Saturday July 13th, 11:00–16:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

More information & tickets here.



School Unrealness

(publication)

When we mark out a ‘real world’ from within the school, we are implicit in the creation of a binary.

School Unrealness excavates a space for potential and critique within the oppositional ‘real world’ and ‘unreal school’, locating a queer potentiality somewhere in between.



In a series of four essays, the study works towards proposing an unreal school by way of an ‘Educational Critique’, a theoretical framework underpinned by the employment of fiction as a critical methodology.

The study is threaded together by conversations with A Parede, Cathy Gale, Tugce Karatas, Prem Krishnamurthy, Nina Paim, Mariana Pestana, Kieran O’Connor and Jack Self.

To purchase a printed copy, message me here.


Letter A (trailer)

(film/sound)

After the Cloud, came the Fog. In the advent of a new computational metaphor, a mythical figure from within the historic Luddite revolts is excavated and re-actioned. Two centuries after their reckoning letter, Eliza Ludd is hailed the Metaphor Breaker of our New Dark Age.


The ‘trailer’ is accompanied by soundscape Incantation by Fog, a machinic revision of Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov’s Incantation by Laughter (1912). Neologisms of the word fog look to draw out new meaning and caricature Big Data’s relentless jargoning.


Department of Extension

(event) at Kingston School of Art

The Department of Extension is an ‘unreal school’ and discursive event, focused on unsettling art and design education through symposia and workshops. During its inaugural open day at Kingston School of Art, the Department pooled together participants to unfold discussion on the school’s (un)realities.


The Department invited Nina Paim (common-interest) and Kishan San (School of Speculation) to lead discussion around critical models of design education. Extensions were then made beyond the Department’s physical walls to welcome Chris Lee and Ramon Tejada for presentations on their work around design historiography.


The Department’s visual identity made crude subversion of Kingston’s own and mimicked the corporate scenography found across its open days.


A open day guide was produced to house the Department’s schedule and supporting narrative. Fictional text Extensions narrates the Department’s ‘discovery’, and The Extension Effect revises Jean Baudrillard’s 1981 Beaubourg essay, re-focusing its polemic and theory of a hyperreality onto the neoliberal art school of today.

Read: Department of Extension (PDF)


Nouns of Assembly
(research/website)


A new blueprint-lexicon for learning and collectivity is assembled through permutational ‘learning scenarios’. Nouns of Assembly aliases as brief, menu, buzzword, symposia, and generative research methodology.



View the project and generate your own here. 


2018

The School of Being
(text) for Intern


The School of Being imagines a 22nd century reality for education, harnessed through and produced by a participant’s stream of thought.


Illustration: Jo Yeh

“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.”

The fictional text, co-written with Alternative Art School, was published in ‘The Crit’ series of Intern.

Read: The School of Being


Made in Dschermany

(exhibition) with Slavs and Tatars

Exhibition identity & production for an exhibition by artists Slavs and Tatars. Made in Dschermany was presented at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.


“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.


“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.”


More info: slavsandtatars.com


Safar 1388

(artwork) with Slavs and Tatars


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


The Alphabet (Uighur)

(artwork) with Slavs and Tatars

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


2017

Topical Tales

(event) 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

(research/publication) 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.



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. 

Read: Alternative Art School (PDF)



States of Change

(exhibition) 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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Last updated: June 2019