Mentor Introduction - Dr Cathy Gale
Introducing: Dr Cathy Gale
Skills: Critical design practice and theory / radical graphic design research / design activism / performative pedagogies (DJ-ing and the nexus of music, graphic design, enterprise and event organising) / staff-student research collaborations
Job/Experience: Lecturer at Kingston School of Art.London College of Communication (UAL), University of Brighton,
Why are you here? Challenging mainstream (consumer) culture and conventional practice has helped push the edges of design outwards into new and unexpected directions. Historically MA level education has formed an apex of practice and theory for creative disciplines in a future-thinking approach to developing industry and contributing to social change. Yet academia’s current state of uncertainty – caught between meeting the demands of business and embracing a techno-utopian agenda – threatens to diminish the intellectual, cultural and social capital of post-graduate study. As a research-led design educator, writer and practitioner my role in M_Y_O_M will be that of supportive contributor and convivial provocateur. From an analytical position I hope to be able to document this project-in-action in a critical timeline for design educators and students, to reflect on its aims and methods against educational experiments from the past and to imagine its adoption in a possible future for the discipline.
Take a look at: @playmakethink