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CUSP heads north: State Library of Queensland

CUSP has hit SLQ with a colourful bang! Housed across two locations inside the SLQ building – the Info Zone and the Gallery – CUSP has been lucky to be exhibited in amongst the creative brilliance of Naomi Takeifanga and the exhibitions team at SLQ.

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Design Emergency

The second week of my new job, the 14th -16th September 2014 saw me in Sunny Port Macquarie to observe Design Emergency and High School workshops in action as part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

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A visit to Dubbo, with CUSP, cars, and a trip to hospital

The week before last I jumped on a plane and took the slightly-less-than-an-hour flight across the Great Dividing Range to land in Dubbo, a city of a little over 30,000 in the central west of New South Wales and famous around the country for the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. My purpose for travel had nothing to do with the zoo (though I did go as a child and have fond memories), but to visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre, a wonderful regional venue who are currently playing host to CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

As part of CUSP, I’ve been going around to each touring venue and recording insights from local design figures, capturing their thoughts on the creative program, and hopefully gleaning a little bit of value that the program brings to their area. In Sydney I chatted to Jess Scully while the program was at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and in Adelaide I spoke to Tim Horton at JamFactory. In Dubbo, WPCC curator Kent Buchanan put me in touch with Mark Nugent, a coachbuilder specialising in vintage and antique car restoration and construction.

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CUSP Install At JamFactory

I’m sitting here today planning day 4 of the install of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade at JamFactory in South Australia and reflecting on the past three days of the install. I’m happy to say that all is looking good – in fact, doubly good because CUSP will be showing in two locations at the same time! CUSP‘s South Australian leg of the national tour is split over two venues, the iconic JamFactory in Adelaide and JamFactory’s new and beautiful sister gallery and store in Seppeltsfield Winery, in the Barossa Valley. We’re excited that the CUSP experience will now reach two geographically separated audiences, and for those keenly interested in cutting-edge design thinking, offers an experience that has you travelling to two great South Australian locales.

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Melbourne Now

In the cool, quiet hiatus between Christmas and New Year Melbourne is, in art and design terms, very Now! With everyone else either out of town, or enjoying the sales or the cricket test, I was in town experiencing the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.

For the first time at the NGV, design and architecture are being shown as part of the contemporary art conversation. The gallery should be applauded for its efforts to work with artists and designers across Melbourne uncovering the deep talents that lie within the city.

Starting at the NGV on the first day, I barely scraped the surface of the show, which spans 8000 square metres of exhibition space across the two venues. Going back for a second day, with a 12-year-old guide who had seen the show earlier with school, I realised that I had missed much in my first visit.

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Design Emergency with Casula Public School

As part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Object: Australian Design Centre’s outreach education program Design Emergency is travelling around the country, accompanying the exhibition, and working with local schools. Design Emergency aims to instil design thinking practices in tomorrow’s leaders at an early age by working with them on problems or issues identified by the students and relevant to them. (For more on Design Emergency, including exercises, stories and teacher’s notes, head to the Design Emergency section of this website.)

On 22 August, 2013, Design Emergency visited Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) with CUSP designers George Khut and Stephen Mushin, collaborating with 40 year five and six students from Casula Public School. Casula Public has a farm as part of the school grounds, and four primary elements were identified by the students as needing attention:

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CUSP Deinstall

Hello from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre where CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is being deinstalled and packed up ready to start its national tour from the beginning of 2014.

It has been a hectic two days with many Object helpers taking photos, recording works and packing. There was a big push to get the pallets of furniture ready for pickup. The other big job was the fit out of the three travel cases that hold all the work and digital components for such an exhibition as CUSP.

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What Did You Miss At CUSP?

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade might have just closed at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre ahead of traveling the country until 2015, but if you missed out on any of the public programs, events, or the exhibition itself, you can still engage with much of what went on.

All of the Designer Bodies talks and Talks In Transit were recorded and are available as podcasts, and don’t forget there is a wealth of information on the designers and the program at the CUSP website. Keep reading to find out how you can find the various elements.

Below are links to each of the elements for CUSP, however you can also find them all on Object on iTunes U, where you can also subscribe to the CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade collection to keep up to date as more and more is added over coming years.

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Listen: Designer Bodies—Data Makes Me *#$!?

On 13 August, Fenella Kernebone hosted the second Designer Bodies talk, entitled Data Makes Me *#$!? at Object Gallery. Featuring CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade designers Greg More and George Khut, alongside interactive artist Jason McDermott, the talk examined the question ‘How can hidden, complex data be used to transform our understanding of ourselves?’ Listen below to the full recording or download and listen at your leisure!

Listen to the full audio or download after the jump.

The final Designer Bodies talk, Last Legs New Knees, will take place at Object Gallery on 10 September, 2013.

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Listen: Zero Hero vs The Futurologist

On July 20 we kicked off our Talks In Transit series with Zero Hero vs the Futurologist. On a train from Central Station to Casula Station one Saturday morning, passengers in a carriage were treated to an interactive talk-cum-workshop from CUSP designer and ecological warrior Stephen Mushin with futurist Stuart Candy. The pair talked on the question ‘Are we evolving or revolving?’, in the process getting the audience members to devise ingenious solutions to current problems through the creation of fantastical systems and machines.

Listen to the audio below or download to enjoy the podcast at your leisure. And make sure you book your tickets now for the third and fourth Talks In Transit, coming up in August.

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