Design Competition: Basquiat Boom for Real


We were told to visit an exhibition as a group and so we chose “Basquiat: Boom for Real” which was at the Barbican. We were given a few questions to help us think about how exhibitions work, whilst drawing, taking photos and notes.

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Our Lives in Data

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Our first project of the second term is called OUR LIVES IN DATA. We were asked to go to the Science Museum and look at a small exhibition on the ground floor. From this exhibition you can learn that literally anything and everything can be data. Your face is data. Your genes are data. The exhibition spoke about TfL, social media and genomics. One of the examples they used was about travelling in London and the use of Oyster cards.

“Journeys you make in London create data. Three hundred million are made each month using Oyster and contactless cards. Transport for London (TfL) uses this information to understand who wants to go where and when. This data helps TfL to understand patterns, help its customers and shape new stations. This is just one example of how decisions about our cities are being driven by big data.”

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Heather’s Studio

The visit to Heather’s studio was insightful and inspiring. At first entry, you might not think much of the small studio where she works and shares with others. Even finding the place was hard, as you can easily walk past the building without another glance. However, upon listening to her and looking around the studio, you realise that there is actually a lot to take in.

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