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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.

Resume/CV

Education

Royal College of Art, 2012 - 2016 (expected) Phd in Design Interactions

Royal College of Art, 2007 - 2009 MA in Design Interactions

Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003 - 2006 BA first class in Interactive Art

Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, 2002 - 2003 BTEC, Foundation Studies in Art and Design

Awards

Core77 Awards 2014 - Notable classification for 'Walden Note-Money' www.core77designawards.com

Output Award 2013 - Selected for 'Crime Pays' project

Intervideo 2009 - Talent Award, Second Prize Awarded during the “exground” film festival in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Blueprint design Award 2009 - For ‘Best Exhibition’ During 100% design and designersblock at Earls Court A group exhibition part of the London Design Week.

Commisons

2014 (oct) Longbridge Light Festival commissioned a new 'counterfictional design' project.

2013 VOME (Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression), commissioned a Speculative design project.

2010 Tatton Park Biennial, Site specific work - www.tattonparkbiennial.org

Conference Papers

08/2014 - 'Counterfictional - Nineteen Eighty Four,' at Royal Geographical Society, Annual International Conference, London, England

05/2014 - 'Counterfiction - A methodology for designing within alternative worlds', at 'Memories of the future' conference, Senate House, London, England.

09/2013 - '‘IT Fauna’ & ‘Crime Pays’: Using Critical Design to Envision Cyber Security Futures,' at Praxis and Poetics conference, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England.

Talks

10/2014 - Digital Futures: Money No Object, The White Building, London

06/2014 - Superposition, Amsterdam

03/2014 - Tomorrows Transactions Forum, London England

03/2014 - 'Future of money,' Protein, Old street, London, England

09/2013 - 'Cash is Dead,' Tent Talks, Truman brewery, London, England

05/2013 - Cyber Workshop, British Computer Society, London, England

03/2013 - Tomorrows Transactions Forum, London, England

01/2013 - Royal college of art, London, England

09/2012 - Tatton Park Biennial 2012, Cheshire, England

05/2010 - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England

05/2010 - Tatton Park Biennial 2010, Cheshire, England

10/2009 - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

09/2009 - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England

03/2009 - Digital Money Forum, London, England

02/2008 - Superdeluxe, Tokyo, Japan

Exhibitions

10/2014 - Longbridge Light Festival, Longbridge, Birmingham

06/2014 - In the Window, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-trent

01/2014 - WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London

01/2013 - Disruption, RCA Research Biennial, London

09/2011 - Glitch fiction, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris

11/2010 - St Etienne Design Biennale 2010, St. Etienne, France

07/2010 - Craft and Design Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, England

05/2010 - Tatton Park Biennial 2010, Cheshire, England

09/2009 - Designersblock, Earls Court, London

05/2009 - Microsoft Research, Cambridge, England

01/2008 - Royal College of Arts, interim show, London, England

02/2007 - Out of Manchester, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England

09/2006 - Liverpool Biennial ‘View2Gallery’ (Matthew Street), England

03/2006 - Link Gallery, Manchester Met, England

03/2005 - Art through Customs, Holden gallery, Manchester Met, England

12/2004 - Art through Customs, Sydney

07/2004 - The Triangle Centre, Manchester, England

Film Festivals

11/2009 - “exground” film festival, Wiesbaden, Germany

11/2008 - Exposures, cornerhouse, Manchester, England

06/2007 - Kratofil, Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

12/2006 - cornerhouse, Manchester, England

07/2006 - Max5 Film Festival, London, England

06/2006 - Site 06 Art Festival, Stroud, England

06/2006 - Dark Light Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland

04/2006 - Re/act Festival, Mannheim Castle, Germany

04/2006 - Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall, England

04/2006 - Video Screening, La Cuenca, Spain

04/2006 - Video Screening, Romania

03/2006 - Video Screening, Västerås, Sweden

12/2005 - Student Exposures at the cornerhouse, Manchester, England