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Born 1983 in Macclesfield, England. Austin is a researcher at the Royal College of Art, Design Interactions department and co-founder of the FOM design awards.

His work takes an experimental approach towards design; often leading to the development of new methodologies that generate alternative perspectives and challenge the status quo.

Developed as a project to both interrogate Biennial artworks and consider the applications for scientific endeavour in contemporary life, The Tatton Park Space Mining Company is a series of workshops with Year 7 pupils from five schools across Cheshire.

The project was designed to focus pupils’ attention on the realities of reliance on a material that is in extremely short supply on Earth: helium. Appearing in character as representatives of the Company, Austin and Louis Buckley welcomed packs to their ‘trainee recruits’ working with each group over the course of a day to design, build and launch rockets and space mining equipment while discussing the ethics of mining the Moon for precious metals and helium.

Commissioned for Tatton Biennial 2012