Rob Kesseler, BA Ceramic Design Lecturer and UAL Chair of Art, Design and Science, was recently invited to participate in the second annual Puerto de Ideas in Antofagasta, Chile.
Rob delivered a keynote lecture titled Conversion Territories, and showcased an exhibition at Minera Escondita, which included photographs, drawings and specimens collected in Chile during the weeks prior to the festival.
Collecting and documenting are a core part of his work, and exhibiting this local collection enabled him to open up and help people understand his process. With the support of the British Council, he led a popular series of creative workshops for young people, drawing specimens selected for the group.
Sponsored by the mining company Minera Escondida, the festival of science and culture brings together scientists, artists and humanists from all over the world to speak, showcase work and lead workshops. Over 10,000 people attended the three-day festival. Speakers included Nobel Prize winner, Ada Yonath and Gilles Boeuf, President of the Natural History Museum, Paris.
After the festival Rob explored connections in the Chile, visiting the young design studio GT2P in Santiago, the stunning Centro de Arte Curaummilla – a ceramic workshop and artistic residency, and the Natural History Museum in Valparaiso, where his exhibition will be shown next.
Rob Kesseler will be speaking next Thursday, 7 May as part of the UAL Chairs Present Series.