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Wayan in workshop, Gianyar, 2013
Balangan, 2013
FIELD EXPERIMENTS A Nomadic Design Collective Exploring Traditional Crafts
FIELD EXPERIMENTS A Nomadic Design Collective Exploring Traditional Crafts
Field Experiments is a nomadic design collective that explores traditional crafts by engaging in collaborative making with local craftspeople in diverse regions around the world. Underpinned by cross-cultural exchange, we produce projects, products and ideas across multiple formats including furniture, clothing, video works, publications, exhibitions, interiors, installation and printed materials.
Field Bali, Indonesia
June - July 2013
Experiments Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Paul Marcus Fuog, Karim Charlebois-Zariffa
Indonesia Current Conditions in Bali
Field Experiments resulted in the making of more than 100 handmade souvenirs.
FE: Indonesia
The inaugural Field Experiments project was conducted over three months in Bali Indonesia. From June - September 2013, we set up a studio and home in Lodtunduh, a farming community situated on the outskirts of Ubud. We collaborated together and conducted daily experiments in stone masonry, wood carving, batik, painting, basket weaving, kite-making with a selection of local craftspeople. The project explores the re-assemblage of cultural craft objects in a tourist-driven economy. It resulted in the making of more than 100 one-off objects that examine the influence of transnational exchange in the making process. Field Experiments proposes how a souvenir can manifest and encourage cross-cultural learning and understanding.
In Bali, we collaborated with nine craft makers. We set new challenges, presented sketches and prototypes and the makers shared knowledge on materials and worked with meticulous hand-skill without machinery or molds to realize the ideas. We used design as a lens to learn about other people and cultures. Objects became the mode of conversation and our way of understanding one another. We shared our personal and cultural narratives through design and making.
NAME Wayan Slamet
CRAFT Layang-layang (kite making)
NAME Bepak Tjok Agung and Ibu Antik
NAME Ketut Maryone
VILLAGE Banjar Silakarang
CRAFT Seni Ukir Batu Putih (stonecarving)
NAME Made Suriyani and Negah Budi Adnaya
VILLAGE Samu, Singapadu Kaler
CRAFT Pejahit (tailoring)
NAME Kadek Wahyuni
CRAFT Bide (basket weaving)
NAME Wayan Supiarta
VILLAGE Sumita Gianyar
CRAFT Seni Ukir Kaya (woodcarving)
Observation of the Balinese experience was the catalyst for our creations. We absorbed the sights and sounds of everyday life and undertook a more rigorous documentation of the peculiarities. We observed the materials in daily use including the natural; bamboo, limestone, teak, rattan, and the synthetic; hard and soft plastics, rubber and foam. We studied everyday Balinese objects including agricultural implements, kitchen utensils, traditional dress, domestic essentials and basic furniture. We documented common makeshift objects like traffic signs, streetlights and food stands. We observed the communal and manual ways of working. All in all, Bali revealed itself as an island of incongruent collisions. A place where the natural and synthetic are jammed together. A place that is quiet and chaotic, beautiful and unsightly, active and idle and preserved and degraded all at once.
Ad hoc table, Balangan
Boat mast, Pasir Putih
Nets and foam, Pasir Putih
Mobile shop, Sanur
Banana leaf packaging, Ubud
Sukawati market, Gianyar
Wood souvenir, Gianyar
Limestone cliff, Bukit Peninsula
Unknown, Ubud
Kite competition, Sanur
Beach inflatables, Sanur
Javanese rock mask, Ubud
Streetlight, Lohtunduh
Banana leaf packaging, Ubud
Stacking, Sayan
Broom, Sayan
Stacking, Ubud
Workshop, Gianyar
Streetsign, Ubud
Fish net, Pasir Putih
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Is Appropriation a dirty word or an important design tool?

Appropriation in art has been practiced for years but appropriation in design can be seen as a dirty word and is often linked to plagiarism or copying. Appropriation is an important tool for all designers and there are two specific meanings when applied to design. Appropriation as a designer – using pre-existing objects/forms and systems and altering their meaning through changing their context. Appropriation as a user of design – using a product in a way that was not foreseen by the designer.

In this talk, Paul will unpack why he believes appropriation in design is more necessary now than ever.

Thursday, May 11th, 6PM
The Provincial Hotel
299 Brunswick Street

Field Experiments is Benjamin Harrison Bryant, Karim Charlebois-Zariffa and Paul Marcus Fuog. Under the collective Field Experiments they create their own exploratory work and are commissioned by others to create new projects and collaborative product ranges.

Field Experiments was established in 2013. Outcomes from FE: Indonesia have been shown at Ventura Lambrate (ITA), Sight Unseen OFFSITE (USA) and DesignEx (AUS) in 2014. Field Experiments gives presentations and conducts workshops to share learnings on exploratory modes for experimental research. Past presentations / workshops include: Semi-Permanent (NZ), Monash University Art Design and Architecture (AUS) Design As Activity (AUS).

Benjamin Harrison Bryant
Paul Marcus Fuog
Karim Charlebois-Zariffa

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