SOAS Symposium: Questions of Method, Between Art and Design, London, UK


Recommended by Dr Sarah Teasley from the Design History Department at the RCA, Yanki presented her project, the ‘Ingenuity of Ageing’ as one of the recent art and design projects regarding Asian cultures. As Dr Angus Lockyer from SOAS explained on their website, ‘Asian objects do not always conform to the normal theories and methods of art and design history.  They can therefore trouble the assumptions of the latter in interesting and productive ways.’




It was interesting to present along with all these material culture scholars and my project about ageing seems very ‘immaterial’. The concept of ageing sounds very abstract in this context while many of the presenters showed images of objects from different eras. Also I am the only practicing designer to present on the day to share my experience of creation while the others were analysed works by craftsmen or artists.  This mode between objectivity and subjectivity is a never-ending question for my practice!


More details of the project can be found