James Boock (industrial design)

James Boock was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1990 and lives in London, UK. In 2013 he graduated from industrial design at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In the same year he started a masters in product design at the Royal College of Art, London, graduating in 2015. James is co-founder of the design studio Dubloon based in London, whose work exists within the realms of experience, interaction and product design. He also works as a freelance and contract designer in London for various design studios. HIs works have been exhibited for example in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in the gallery Stalla Libra in Sedrun, Switzerland or in the Science Museum of London.

Project: enter.
The industrial designer James Boock from New Zealand deals with Artificial Intelligence. His installation “enter. ” explores the depth and effect of current AI systems within our society. Using the Chinese Social Credit System (SCS) as a precedent it shows the reality of these systems and encourages dialogue about the implications AI systems will have on our near future. By simulating an ordinary scenario, a shopping tour in a super market, enter. depicts the possibilities of living within this system.
The SCS is a system currently on trial by the Chinese government which gives each citizen an overall credit score. Majority of the trial is run through two privately owned platforms, Wechat (TenCent) and Sesame Credit (Alibaba). The overall credit is based not only on their finance but also by analysing personal data. A person’s score will then reflect if they are allowed or restricted to do certain things. Currently, during the trial period there have been cases of individuals unable to buy flights or stay in certain hotels due to their scores. The plan for the system is to run deeper and restrict children from accessing certain schools if parents have low scores and discredit people for being associated with low credit holders. The system will analyse individuals ‘day to day’ data and place allowances or restrictions on their lives.

Avital Chalemsky (jewelry design)

Avital Chalemsky was born in 1991 in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2017 she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, during her studies she received the “Romi Shapiro” Prize for Judaica. Avital Chalemsky took part in the International Graduate Show of “Marzee gallary” in Nijmagan, Netherlands, as well as in the “Silver Festival” at gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland.

Project: Trasnparent feels
In her bachelor´s degree, she developed a process for freezing movements of the body and imitating the shapes of motions by soldering small metal parts of pure silver and combining them with metal textile techniques. In her project “Transparent feels” she continued her bachelor project, with the fingers as the source of portraying emotions. She arranged and played with their composition, choreographically, thus creating a series of small, yet powerful jewellery signifying the strong emotions she experienced in the three months of the scholarship.

Ágnes Várnai (fashion design)

Ágnes Várnai was born in 1990 in Dunaújváros, Hungary. She studied fashion design at University of Applied Arts in Vienna under the professorship of Bernhard Willhelm and Hussein Chalayan. During her studies, she participated in several exhibitions and fashion shows and worked as designer assistant in the Chalayan Studio in London. In 2014, she received the Rondo Vöslauer Fashion Award and the Swarovski Award. Today she lives and works in Vienna.

Project: Glue in Reality
What shapes does faith take nowadays? And where to look for the share of religion in modern lifestyle? Together with Tina Kult and Timea Strott she is forming the art collective “The (new) constellation” that is investigating these question in an artistic way. Their project “Glue in Reality” observes the state of our time and gives a platform to think about new spirituality. Thanks to the Internet, one can see specific trends rising. They are concerning how we organise our daily life from eating choices to beauty treatments, or the privacy of our online activities. To create the new archetype of faith, the project combines Augmented Reality (AR), fashion and multimedia-installation and forms a specific impression into the rituals and stories of our daily acting: The Gluten Shaman, the Anti-Ageing Prophet or the Divine Data-Soul are the spiritual leaders gathered in the virtual world of Glue in Reality.