ARTIST & RESEARCH DESIGNER
Laurene Pilastre is an artist and a research designer based in London, she completed her Master in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art in 2021.
Laurene’s artistic practice exposes the relationships between the human and the non-human. Focusing on the significance of the animus or governing intention of matter her sculptural and installation based work involves objects in evolution, in-between states, constantly transforming, splintering, creasing, contracting and expanding in reciprocal engagements, intermingling with bodies and stories.
The materiality she explores questions commonly analogue and industrial-used materials such as metal, expanded foam, textile and resin.
Her work foregrounds the experience of matter as an actant, having its own agency, thus the materials she works with shape her, her gestures and practice and in a mutual movement, she contributes to form matter, aiming to establish a material collaboration.
Her research around matter and the spatiality of the body draws from intellectual and philosophical ways of thinking, engaging with the pivotal question of how can we unsee?
Her approach to this question contribute to transcend fixed prejudices about what is and exists in a rigid reality and consider the way people, movements, objects and all things are in relation to one another.
Working across a variety of medium and media - spanning from audio-visual installation, sculpture, moving image, workshops and performance - Laurene develops an array of creative and research strategies that allows her to explore how we communicate, transmit and receive information.
Laurene also holds a BA (hons) in Product Design from the Central Saint Martins.
2018-2021 Master of the Arts - Information Experience Design - Royal College of Art, London
2014-2017 Bachelor of Arts - Product Design - Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, London
2012-2014 Design & Art Degree - Ecole Boulle, Paris
Moving Image : Jeu de Hasard (2020), short film commissioned for fashion brand Lionnard
Group show : Daily Encounters, presenting Arms Floating Up (2021) and Second Souffle (2022), Espacio Gallery, London
Workshop : Space Interplay, Creative Dance London, online
Group show : Adapt : a Martian Bodies Symbiosis (2021), Artist’ Film Screenings ALIGNED, curated by Buket Yenidogan, Iklectik, London, UK
Group exhibition : The Space of Air (2021), BEEP BEEP – The End of The End of The World, Menier Gallery, curated by Bolim Jeon, Frances Allen, Nirit Binyamini Ben-Meir, Rosie Boxall London, UK
Group exhibition : The Space of Air (2021), RCA2021, Creativity is a global language 2021, Royal College of Art online show
Group exhibition : Quantum Touch, an action at a distance (2020), Utopia Room II, The Holy Art, virtual exhibition, Hackney Downs Studios,
Moving Image and performance : Arms Floating Up (2021) Beyond The Frame, The Horse Hospital, London, UK
Moving Image piece : Adapt : a Martian Bodies Symbiosis, created for and in collaboration with the Anatomy Department of Kings College, London
Group exhibition : Quantum Touch, an action at a distance, moving image piece, part of Curtain Call, The Shop Front 286, London
Group exhibition : The Body in Air : A Sense of Space, moving image and installation, part of d’Un Moi à l’Autre, Galerie Etienne de Causans, Paris
Perfomance & installation : Interplay, installation and reading in Hyde Park part of Situationist RCA Brieze
Moving image project : Quantum Touch, 05’09” screening on the 1st of August, part of Redfest festival in Bristol
Installation : Mobile n1, series Closed Loop & metal Actant part of the virtual exhibtion WHO’s UP TO BE A CYBORG, Curation Confinées by Jean-Baptiste Lorthiois
Set Design : Mobile n2 & n3 Lea Mespede It’s Breathing, graduation short film
Workshop : Double Movement in collaboration with BitterSuite performers, Richmix London
Workshop : Time & Motionwith South West Dance Theatre Company dancers, The Island, Bristol
Installation : The Body in Air : A Sense of Space part of the Work-In-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London
Exhibition : Closed Loop Network and Metal Actant, U/Order of Reality, Dorando Close, London
Exhibition : Touch it or Breathe on it part of Interior Futures book launch, London
Installation : Emotional Ruins part of Psychotropic House exhibition, White City, London
Full time assistant at La Fabrique Anamorphique, Raymond Sarti’s scenography studio, Paris
Exhibition : Welcoming Fragment, Come Again, Granary Square, London
Exhibition : Conscious Plastic, in partnership with Ellen MacArthur and IntoStudio, Central Saint Martins degree Show, London
Competition : Mis à Nu, selected project by the Design Museum part of the Design Factory Challenge, London
Competition : Snowflake, interactive installation, first prize of Leblanc Illuminations Competition, Paris