Maria Appleton comes from Lisbon, Portugal, where she completed a two-year training course in textile design. She then moved to London, where she graduated in textile design from Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, in July 2019. In 2018 she received a scholarship from Kyoto University of Technology for a research project in the field of textiles. She also developed a sustainable collection for children’s clothing with Zara and designed shoe prototypes for NIKE. Maria Appleton currently lives and works in Lisbon.
Nicht eine Stadt, die war
Not a city that was
Maria Appleton´s work explores the relationship between bodies and spaces/places, using textiles as a medium that allows different perspectives upon an architectural system. In Pforzheim, Maria Appleton created a work in the former public swimming pool hall, one of the few remaining historical buildings in this city. Because this place is not physically accessible and can only be visited virtually, her work deals with concepts of presence, healing properties and mindscapes, being in direct relationship with the »Bad« culture in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Mira Kim was born in Seoul, where she also studied metal design at Hanyang University. Afterwards she completed a master’s degree in gemstone and jewellery at the University of Applied Sciences Trier in Idar-Oberstein. In 2019 she exhibited her work at the Marzee Graduation Show in Munich and was awarded by klimt02 as a “Selected Graduate” for the University of Applied Sciences Trier.
In her work, Mira Kim uses information to create impressions and new perspectives, what allows the viewer to reprocess these information. In Pforzheim, Mira Kim created objects and jewellery that refer to the space where they are exhibited: She conducted research and interviews about the former swimming pool, and implemented these information in her work, taking also into account the virtual experience of her work.
Jaspar Rogers first studied natural sciences before graduating in design from Goldsmiths University of London in 2019. Rogers describes himself as an anti-disciplinary designer, his focus is on the creation of social goods and ecological sustainability. For example, he has already realised projects on topics such as homelessness, environmental pollution, gender stereotypes or the recycling of plastic.
To Jaspar Rogers politics is the process of interpreting information to devise a strategy, make decisions and to solve entangled problems. But how do we navigate floods of information in an age of simplification, misinformation, algorithmic validation, and divisive language, and can it be taught? Through workshopping political strategies in schools, Jaspar Rogers identified thinking structures that help children to understand political processes. His »political playground« is the physical manifestation of these thinking structures.