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WSD2017|Elastic Swarm
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Lara Farnham

Elastic Swarm

Selected Category: Space Design

Category: Set Design, Projection and multi-media Design, Space Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design

Design Statement

Elastic Swarm

This notional space builds on the idea of an elastic swarm and is an extension of my work about vagrant geometry.

The model is at a scale of 1:100 and composed of elastic threads, rubber tubes, two way mirror and opal acrylic. The proportions have been influenced by the extraordinary dimensions of an old industrial site — Eaton Grain Silo in Oxfordshire since demolished.

The space reflects the contradictory nature of elastic that is both bound and unbound — materials returning back to some sort of origin. The red lines in the model represent a swarm of nerve fibers and the space is some sort of body interior. The walls / skin breaths — the surface alternating from opaque to transparent by using two way mirrors and dimmerable LEDS.

The figures are negotiating a way through and have compensating technological extensions that bring them to life — their jet packs make them vibrate on the elastic which in turn shakes. The jet pack is a motor that we find in our mobile phones, whilst remaining stationary are always on the go.

A version of this model was exhibited the London Art Benniale Jan 2015.

Lara Farnham

Using process, I work within the ambiguities of art and design.
I create narratives and experiential designs across a broad spectrum of sectors; from public realm to high end luxury, retail to exhibition, leisure and large scale developments.
My experimental practice shows a series of ongoing studies about systems, things you might find in symmetry and the body in notional spaces.
I graduated from St Martins with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design in 1994 and have since worked with design consultancies that include Imagination, Event, Fitch, Met Studio, HOK producers and set designers at ITV, HTV Channel 5 and the BBC.
I completed an MA in Scenography at The Royal School of Speech and Drama in 2014, here I developed a deeper understanding of space making and experiential design.
Recent projects include experiential design for Kensington Palace, Emirates Flight School and Longleat Safari Park.

Email Address: Larafarnham@blueyonder.co.uk

Theatre Company Lara Farnham

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-01-11

The Premiere Space of Production Triple Height Space TBC

Author Lara Farnham

Director/ Choreographer Lara Farnham

Set Designer Lara Farnham

Lighting Designer Lara Farnham

Costume Designer NA

Sound Designer Lara Farnham