Wed 19 Sep 2018

Investigative Design

Wed 19 Sep 2018
£12.00 /£10.00 concession
Screening Room
South Wing

Inspired by journalism, environmental and forensic research, investigative design deconstructs and reassembles, questions and improvises, exploring the impact of new technologies and instant communication.

As design practice evolves from the more traditional concerns of aesthetics and problem-solving, this panel considers how designers can respond to global issues and international crises.


Anab Jain [Austria], is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. She is co-founder and Director of Superflux, a design studio regarded as the spearhead of critical and investigative approach to contemporary design. She is also a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2016, where she leads the Design Investigations (ID2) Program.

She has previously collaborated with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the British Government Office and the 2017 Vienna Biennale, and her works are represented in leading collections.

Natalie Kane [United Kingdom], is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and co-curator of Haunted Machines, a long-term curatorial and research project on the narratives of magic and hauntings pervading our relationship with technology.

Natalie has guest lectured at London College of Communications and Design Academy Eindhoven, is a Visiting Tutor at the Instituto de Europea Design (Barcelona) and previously taught at Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Brussels).

Rami Tareef [Israel] is a product designer and design lecturer. His works are researching and challenging the borders between new and old, tradition and technology, through varied design tools and conceptual paradigms. His creation process articulating the interdependence of cultural and social values of east and west as to many other aspects of our material and non-material culture. This duologue uttered in designing everyday products that represent the hybrid identity of our multicultural contemporary life.

Sumantro Ghose is the Managing Director of the London Design Biennale. Prior to his appointment in December 2017, he was Exhibitions and Programmes Director at Etihad Museum, Dubai, and Director of International Programmes at Qatar Museums Authority. In the UK, he has worked and consulted for museums and institutions including Asia House, Tate and the National Portrait Gallery.