University of Derby
It's one of those things that seems like such a good idea, that you wonder why nobody else has done it before. Submerge is somewhere between the classic snorkel and full-on scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), that has turned diving into a massive sport.
It uses quick-change compressed air cylinders to allow snorkellers to become shallow divers for up to six minutes. A warning-light system in the user's peripheral vision keeps them abreast of how much air is left.
The quick-change system means that spent cylinders can be easily swapped out for fresh ones; spent cylinders can be repressurised with a compressor or taken along to the local diving shop for refilling. JT
Royal College of Art
Two school girls in pleated skirts are taking selfies in front of Bioplastic Fantastic, a human-sized, bright, white cocoon with playthings -- part prosthetic, part massive microorganism, part sex toy. Adjacent, a film puts these pieces into play. A shiny, fleshy gourd oozes saliva-like droplets into a red lip-sticked mouth.
This is a surgically clean and colour co-ordinated utopia for one, where knives and forks, and maybe children, are not allowed. The pieces are beautifully made and tantalizingly out of reach, with a polite sign denying us a place on stage to act out our own fantasies. KS