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Owen Wells

MA work

Although I trained as a product and furniture designer, I find it impossible to work exclusively within that scale. My natural inclination is to imagine products as props, equipment and artefacts that provide a basis with which to speculate on large scale systems.

Who Owns the Arctic The Arctic holds a huge proportion of the world's remaining oil, gas and mineral reserves. Climate change has meant that this once inaccessible bounty is soon to be within the reaches of governments and corporations.

Inspired by the role of crime in science fiction cinema, as a critique of alternative visions of our world, I have planned a series of bespoke crimes for the Arctic. These crimes exploit the infrastructure, ecology and economy of the region in order to facilitate nefarious money=making opportunities. The crimes serve as a subversive narration of the exploitation of the Arctic.

Operation Easy Burger Operation Easy burger proposes a potential consequence of the industrialisation of in vitro meat-growing technology.

In an unnamed city, the authorities have raided a fast-food restaurant, a restaurant with a gruesome secret. The staff of this particular restaurant have repurposed some of their equipment for more profitable purposes.

The narrative is described through a series of representations of the raid and serves to critique the importance of the reconstruction in our understanding of criminality.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Interactions, 2013

  • Although I trained as a product and furniture designer, I find it impossible to work exclusively within that scale. My natural inclination is to imagine products as props, equipment and artefacts that provide a basis with which to speculate on large scale systems.

    Who Owns the Arctic The Arctic holds a huge proportion of the world's remaining oil, gas and mineral reserves. Climate change has meant that this once inaccessible bounty is soon to be within the reaches of governments and corporations.

    Inspired by the role of crime in science fiction cinema, as a critique of alternative visions of our world, I have planned a series of bespoke crimes for the Arctic. These crimes exploit the infrastructure, ecology and economy of the region in order to facilitate nefarious money=making opportunities. The crimes serve as a subversive narration of the exploitation of the Arctic.

    Operation Easy Burger Operation Easy burger proposes a potential consequence of the industrialisation of in vitro meat-growing technology.

    In an unnamed city, the authorities have raided a fast-food restaurant, a restaurant with a gruesome secret. The staff of this particular restaurant have repurposed some of their equipment for more profitable purposes.

    The narrative is described through a series of representations of the raid and serves to critique the importance of the reconstruction in our understanding of criminality.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Product and Furniture Design, Kingston University, 2009
  • Experience

  • Researcher, graphic designer and editor, 7bn (formerly Matt +John), London, 2009–12
  • Exhibitions

  • Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2010; Design Less Ordinary, Brick Lane Gallery, London, 2009; D&AD; , Olympia, London, 2009