Foundation Programme Co-ordinator
Open Access Hours:
Semester 1 (Mon 4.00pm-5.00pm, Tues 9.00am-10.00am)
Semester 2 (Mon 4.00pm-5.00pm, Tues 9.00am-10.00am)
Carl has worked for Loughborough University for 17 years in which time his position has changed from lecturer in three dimensional design at FE level to lecturer on Furniture Design degree, to presently co-ordinating Foundation programme with specialist lecturing in Three Dimensional Design. His personal practice aims to further contextualise his professional work through research, making and reflection and has come to represent a succinct example of Radical Design in a given context.
Graduating from BA (Hons) Industrial Design: Product at Plymouth University in 1993, his career encompasses that of both practitioner and educator in the capacity of Programme Co-ordinator of Foundation studies in Art and Design at the School of Arts Loughborough University.
Industrial designer, Critical Thinker for Education and Industry. Projects include blue sky thinking for Dutch Government on housing and welfare of the mentally affected society. Working with locally sourced salvaged materials to help retain the cultural or social narrative of the community. Also projects to develop design portfolio's of SME'S (Small medium Enterprises) where the focus of design is around deconstructing existing models of design methodologies and creating altered scenarios.
Today cultural events are commercialized and commercial ventures attempts to be cultural. He is fascinated yet critical of this convergence. Communication projects gives him possibilities to design installations, interventions one can provoke thoughts to reflect ideas and see other points of view.
He is always glad to be given the opportunities to work on culturally fascinating projects.
SAZ 001 Foundation
SAB 306 3DD New Practice (30 Credits)
His current research, C.A.T.S (Computer Aided Tutorial support) Identifies new scenarios for the using of tablet PC technologies in the Art/Design studio, when addressing the engagement of students through tutorial practice (individual and group).It has become apparent that this requires a breadth of sources that the lecturer can utilise, whilst in discussion with students, staff may use drawing, artist/ designer research, material processes and technical knowledge as teaching support.
His current design practice is a collaboration with the British Council in China, where he will deliver seminars and offer perspectives on issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, a critical approach to sustainability and the significance of Industrial ‘leftovers’ as cultural vectors.
Edited Works: Contributions
Silvester, C., Rietjens, J.J. and Visser, J., ''8+ design ideas for the integrated living of mentally handicapped people in society'', in The Provacateur, Peik Suying, Diana Krabbendam, Kees Dorst, Airplant, Katja van Heesch, YD & I, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague, 2005, pps 84-89, ISBN 90-80 7386-2-X. SFX
Journal Papers - Professional Journals
Silvester, C., ''Giving the public what they want: Personliased Heritage Interaction producing Dynamic and extensible learning which is Thematically appropriate'', The International Journal of the Inclusive, 3(2), 10th December 2010, ., ISSN 18352014. SFX
Other Media - Research
Cartwright, A.R., Silvester, C. and Petch, J., Applied Arts Group, LUSAD, The Gallery, LUSAD, 2002, Group exhibition. Collection of 6 ply/timber pieces to demonstrate the variety of research activity within the 3 Dimensional Design staff. 20.11.02-6.12.02. SFX
Silvester, C. and Gama, V., Design and Music for Dialogue, The Hub, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, 2005, Victor Gama, solo exhibition 27 Jan - 28 Feb 2005. Collaboration with Victor Gama to refine through design and manufacturing technologies a musical instrument. 1 piece.
Arts Council of England
Smiths of Derby-SME
HKDI- Hong Kong
Materials Lab- London
Professor Alastair Gale- Scientist AVRC (Audio Visual Research Centre)
Michael Marriott-Designer UK
Victor Gama- Musician Portugal
Jan-Japp Reitzens- Designer Netherlands
Simon Robinson- Scientist UK
Daniel Heath- Textiles Designer UK
Winnif Pang-Creative Director HK
Paul Heijnen- Netherland