December 11, 2008

Is the name of a multi-disciplinary creative company run by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie.


I discovered them by watching Bata-ville, a film about a coach trip to the origins of the Bata-shoe making empire – Zlín in the Czech Republic. Former employees and “others” are led on a journey, which first seems like a holiday trip but soon becomes much more than that. “We are not afraid of the future”, the founders Thomas Batas maxime, hangs as a question above the whole “adventure”. The documentary is easy to watch and entertaining but still there is a lot more to it.

It left me curious as to what other projects they did. And I really like every single one…all projects have something artistic to it but still provoke, propose a question or trigger thoughts of some sort. I also like how they often seem to integrate everyday people into their projects.

Nina Pope is also tutor in the Design Interaction Department at the RCA. I need to have a tutorial.


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