INDEX is RMIT University’s Interior Design Graduate Exhibition. It is the culmination of a year long research by design thesis. At the end of the year, an entire warehouse site is procured and the exhibition is built by the students and staff from scratch within a week. During this week, I was part of a team constructing our library space and entry graphic partition, drilling holes through steel, cut wood, tensioned wires and a range of other tasks. Then a week long exhibition and celebration follows consisting of a series of events curated by the students.
2013 was RMIT Interior Design’s first year trying to raise funds through crowdfunding. This was incredibly successful endeavour as it allowed us to reach a non-local support base. My role, apart from contributing to creation of rewards, mainly was to create a film to communicate and evoke the spirit of what the Index Graduation exhibition / party is. I also worked extensively on creating the campaign website page with Hayley McKee, Nina Young and Ge Yang.
Every year RMIT’s Interior Design 4th year students find and occupy a disused site somewhere in Melbourne and transform it into INDEX.
Each INDEX is unique, an exhibition, a celebration and an interior project in itself.
Previous sites for index have included carparks, warehouses, factories, and vacant office buildings.
At INDEX, the academy and the profession come together to celebrate the work of graduating students and see the many diverse ways that interior design is evolving as a profession.
It was a real pleasure working on this video, with great source material from fellow coursemates and mentorship from Caroline Vains. It was timely as well in terms of a reflective piece as to what the course means after being immersed in it for nearly 5 years.