Broadway announces Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Erica Scourti and Sarah Gold as 2015 Near Now Fellows
Near Now continues to attract some of the UK’s leading artists, thinkers and makers working across arts, design and technology.
Following the success of its first cohort, Near Now is proud to announce its second group of Fellows, who will benefit from a 15-month Fellowship with Near Now, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Between September 2015 and December 2016, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Erica Scourti and Sarah Gold will work as part of the Near Now Studio undertaking a tailored programme that will support them to research and create ambitious new work, reach new audiences and progress their careers.
Mathew Trivett, Creative Producer for Near Now, Broadway’s arts and innovation studio explains:
“Our Fellows display exceptional artistic talent and a commitment to challenging themselves and their practice. Broadway is proud and excited to be making this long-term commitment to supporting Bahbak, Erica and Sarah and their work as leading national practitioners. We look forward to sharing their work and celebrating their successes with audiences in Nottingham and beyond.”
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad is a designer based in London. His studio produces work spanning the home, public realm, food, games, image-making, architecture and products. Exploring the shifting roles of the designer within complex social systems, he is interested in developing methodologies that actively engage publics within design processes.
Erica Scourti was born in Athens and now lives in London. Her work explores digital identity and the infrastructures of life, labour and love in a fully mediated world, often drawing on her own experience as a way to explore networked subjectivities. Researching the field of Affective Computing, Erica will ask what does it mean for our emotional lives to influence our interactions with computers and the technology industry.
Sarah Gold is a London based designer. Her studio imagines, builds and tests future web infrastructure and digital tools for a more democratic society. Working across industries, collaborators include NHS England, Government Digital Service, Dior and Apple. She is co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, a RSA Fellow and a CoLAB Associate. Sarah sits on the advisory board for Tech For Good Global and co-facilitates the Personal Data and Trust Design Group for the Digital Catapult.
The scheme builds on the experience and successes of the previous Fellowship cohort who become mentors to the new intake.
Harry Sanderson’s Caustics sculpture series developed through the Near Now Fellowship were nominated for the Present Future prize at Artissima, Turin in 2014.
These sculptural lenses are designed by an algorithm to refract light into an image. Sanderson collaborated with software team Control One to develop this unique digital fabrication technology, based on research from EPFL.
Dejan Mitrovic, founder of design education company Kidesign, created Kideville through the Fellowship. Kideville is a 12 lesson comprehensive curriculum inspiring primary and early secondary school kids to become our next generation’s engineers and designers.
The classroom world building game introduces children to design, research, sketching, CAD and 3D printing to crowd form their own Kideville island, complete with solar farms, libraries, schools and desalination plants.
Kideville was nominated for the 3D Print Show Global Excellence in Education Award in 2014 and is now available for schools to purchase through the Kidesign Shop and Rapid Education.
Ben Vickers worked with Near Now through his Fellowship on the ongoing development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space influencing critical thinking across Europe, following a prototype in Matera, Italy.
The Matera prototype featured as part of the research and development coordinated by Matera2019 that led to the city’s successful European Capital of Culture Bid for 2019; unMonastery is developing a network of spaces across Europe.
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