Nassia Inglessis is a Design Engineer based in London and Athens. She founded Studio INI as an experimental design studio with a human centric approach to explore matter in the context of cognition.
To her, augmented reality is a material one; an augmented materiality that seeks to address our need for transformation. A capacity to transform that we are akin to in nature and addicted to in our updatable digital realm, but that we are yet still missing in the ‘static’ architecture of our physical designed environment.
With a technical foundation in Engineering science (Oxford University & Imperial College London) and training in art & design (The Royal College of Art & MIT Media Lab) Nassia and the designers of Studio INI are naturally driven to address technology in its etymological aspect of τέχνη (art /skill) and λογία (reason/science). Our motivation is to design at the forefront of science and engage through art, across the working themes of matter, mind and nature.
In its research Studio INI seeks to develop new platforms of material and structural logic. We use digital tools and computation to embed new capability in matter rather than overlay content onto its static state. In this process we co-opt automation across material driven processes to enable transformations that can be experienced in the context of how we create, perceive and act.
In designing systems that can range from an element to an architecture, we seek to explore new portals of perception as evoked by material ‘lenses’ that construct them. In this way, we attempt to step away from digital augmentations, to material augmentations in systems that are symbiotic or enhancing to human activity.
These material systems manifest in interactive installation pieces that for us, act as an alternative platform of live experimentation and direct provocation to form a human centric feedback loop. This practice is in line with our belief that a crucial purpose of design is to contextualise scientific and empirical research so as to challenge predefined ideals and inspire new perspectives and prototypes of behaviour.
Studio INI practices across disciplines of computation, material and neuroscience, engineering and biology to couple rigorous design research with public engagement through experiential installations. Our multidisciplinary work is enabled by frequent collaborations with academics, researchers and scientists. (Nassia Inglessis, director of Studio Ini, spent the last year working with the Mediated Matter Group and Prof. Neri Oxman in the MIT Media Lab, & in the past has collaborated with Oxford University and King’s College London). We constantly seek to bring together multidisciplinary and diverse approaches in our common passion to engage, provoke and inspire in the real-time visceral feedback of our designed experiences.
Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London Design Festival, 2017 -- In Need of Transformation -- the convergence of craft and automation as Augmented Materiality series.
Triennale di Milano, Milan Design week, 2017 -- Glass II -- architectural design installation on 3D printed glass and caustics with MIT Media Lab, Mediated Matter Group & Prof. Neri Oxman.
MIT Media Lab, Members week, 2016 -- G3DP2 -- 3D printed glass column and templating light with Mediated Matter Group & Prof. Neri Oxman.
Gulbenkien Gallery, London, 2016 -- Exposed -- exhibition part of collective exhibition of Royal College of Art Design & Fashion Departments.
Somerset House, London Design Festival, 2015 -- Spine --solo exhibition, interactive design installation sponsored by Plumen ltd.
Selfridges, London, 2015 -- Haptic Communication -- participating with interactive objects & workshops sponsored by SamLabs
Somerset House, East Wing, 2015 -- Now Play this -- participating in collective exhibition with playful haptic material interfaces.
Royal College of Art Galleries, London 2016 -- Skia -- interactive physical x digital interfaces exhibited as part of Across RCA cross-discipline exhibition.
Somerset House, River Rooms, 2015 -- Robots For Good -- interactive open work in progress space and robotics workshops
Kolkata India, 2013 -- Pareidolia Art Exhibition -- acting as curotar and creative director.
Academic accomplishment award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) for solo dissertation in Synthetic Biology: Control Engineering of biosystems at Oxford University
1st class honours in Engineering Science MEng from Oxford University
Open Scholarship, Merit Award & Two Open Exhibitions from Oxford University
Full scholarship bursary for Royal Commission of 1851 for design master degree studies at the Royal College of Art
2016 -2017, Cambridge Massachussets -- MIT Media Lab, Mediated Matter Group (Neri Oxman) , Research Assistant.
2014 - 2016, London -- Royal College of Art & Imperial College London, student under 1851 Royal Commission Bursary in Innovations Design Engineering Department.
2015, New York -- Pratt Institute, Visiting Student for Fall term as aprt pf Global Innovation Design Master Program for RCA & Imperial College London
2005 - 2009, Oxford -- Oxford University, MEng Engineering Science, degree awarded with 1st class honours
Dissertations: 4th yr Synthetic Biology: Control Engineering of biosystems, 3rd yr Hybrid Vehicle.
Specialized in: Control & Systems Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Information Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Finance & Production Engineering, Energy & Sustainability.
In parallel Studio INI is working to bring its experience of working within diverse creative and scientific communities and institutions around the world to the young creative and researchers in Greece. We are working towards the set-up of a research, workshop and exhibition space taking over a 5 storey building in Plaka, the ancient city centre of Athens, that will foster collaboration and engagement between creative individuals and the public through local and international residencies :
“Locus Solus - After the Archimidean notion: a single point of reference that can be used as a defining key for other parts of the world, in this case the fixed point at which various disparate explorations, projects and individuals converge and interact. An interaction between artists, performers, designers, engineers, philosophers, scientists, poets and authors.” , by Ipocratis Inglessis