...but it's not Tracey Emin. The Royal College of Art's 'Great Exhibition' takes place in a giant marquee in Hyde Park (technically Kensington Gardens) next to the Albert Memorial. This is really to be recommended. I was pleasantly surprised by the heady mix of aesthetically pleasing objects and the ingenuity evident in so many of the projects. There is a fair sprinkling of medicine-related design. I do wish I'd gone round the tent in an anti-clockwise direction because by the time I reached the concentration of medical design (in the industrial design engineering and design interactions section), I had gallery fatigue and didn't give them the attention they deserved. A second visit is in order. Sabine Fakete designed an intelligent knee brace and easily changeable stoma bags. Michael Korn's work also focuses on the patient experience and includes a device to reduce needlestick injuries. I particularly liked Chris Hand's ideas about social sensors (pictured on the right). Susana Soares designed bushy fingernails for collecting DNA (pictured left) as part of her project which looked at what extra organs might prove useful in future.
Congratulations to all the RCA students for such innovative and exciting ideas. The Exhibition continues until 28 June.