Friday, 19 February 2010

Sketches, Schemes, Subjects

As mentioned below, on Monday I attended part of GradCAM's weeklong symposium, Arts Research: Publics and Purposes. Specifically, I attended their afternoon session on design research, entitled Sketches, Schemes, Subjects. Early on in the symposium we heard from Ré Dubhthaigh of London-based consultancy Radarstation, Dr.Gearóid O'Conchubhair of NCAD and Cearbhall O'Meadhra, research fellow at NCAD. Later that evening was a screening of some Eames and Eames-related films. If you're not familiar, Charles and Ray Eames were two of America's most iconic designers, as well as architects and filmmakers. If you're a regular reader of interiors blogs, you'll notice a common fondness among them for the Eames rocking chair, but I have to say, I'm much more of a Lounge Chair and Ottoman kinda girl (and I'll take them in brown, thanks)...

Presented by Eames Demetrios, their grandson and fellow filmmaker, we got to watch a number of films made by Charles and Ray, such as Tocatta for Toy Trains and Powers of Ten, as well as films by Eames Demetrios. By far my favourite was 901: After 45 Years of Working, a documentary by Demetrios on the history of Charles and Ray's studio at 901 Washington Boulevard in Venice, California, and the process of clearing it out after they both died. Very informative and incredibly touching, it's really worth a watch here: