@gregorromswan    ¦    @gregorromswan



I am Greg Orrom Swan, a designer/artist, studying my masters in Information Experience Design (IED) at the Royal College of Art, London. Previously, I studied Graphic Design at Bristol UWE, graduating in 2013.


My work often looks at the links between things, the nuances of norms or systems—deconstructing them looking at the constituent parts together as part of a whole. As humans we are not separate or removed from the living world, or so-called nature, so in my work I often try and look at humans as distinctly different from the nonhuman parts of our world, but not above or dominant.


Co-director of early-stage start-up company Olombria (Pollinator & Orchard Management Ltd.) based at the Royal College of Art incubator, InnovationRCA. This project proposes using hoverflies as supplementary pollinators (along with bees) in agricultural settings, using a network of nodes which release natural volatiles to attract and curate the behaviour of wild and managed species of hoverflies. Flies (diptera) worldwide contribute about 30% of all pollination, and roughly one in three bites of food can be attributed to pollianted crops.



Read his Masters thesis here:


An Attempt To Position Myself, A Designer, In The Anthropocene: A Framework From The Non-human Perspective



Previous Exhibitions:


RCA Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018

Agri-Tech East, Cambridge, 2017

Hello Tomorrow, Centquare, Paris, 2017

Open Plant, Cambridge University, Cambridge, 2017

BioDesign Challenge: Summit, MoMA, New York, 2017

RCA BioDesign Challenge, White City Place, London, 2017

Open Senses, Multi Venue, London, 2017

48hrs in Lake District, Bethnal Green Crypt, London, 2017

Animal Computer Interaction Conference (ACI), London, 2016

STATE Festival of Emotion, Kühlhaus, Berlin, 2016

Unread Messages [Assitance], Aram Gallery, London, 2016

Lahyn—Solo Show, Quarter Horse, Oxford, 2014

Graft, F Block Gallery, Bristol, 2013

Bristol Artist Book Event, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2013

Collision, Java & Co, Oxford, 2012

Book & Zine Fair, Spike Island, Bristol, 2012

Drawing Open, One Church Street Gallery, Gt. Missenden, 2012

Booze, Apples & Pears, London, 2012

Graphic Design, F Block Gallery, Bristol, 2011

Creative Collective: Open, Jam Factory, Oxford, 2011

Home Again, Jam Factory, Oxford, 2011





RA: Sensing Architecture, Assistant, Walmer Yard, April 2018, London

BBC Radio 4 Feature: Farming Today, October 2017, London

Artist Exhibition Society with Sail Britain, Residency, June 2017, Norfolk Broads

Merz Barn, Residency, February 2017, Lake District

Friction Talks: Artist & Writers talks organiser, 2014–17, Oxford & London

Soup for 100, Foundling Museum, each November 2013–16, London

Artist Alumni Talk, Abingdon & Witney College, September 2014, Oxford

Young Artist Talk, Modern Art Oxford, March 2014, Oxford

Green Hat Design, Internship, July 2013, Bristol

In:quest of Icarus by Noman Potter, Performance, Spike Island, June 2013, Bristol

Parasol Charity Art Workshop, August 2013, Oxford

Hand & Eye Letterpress, Internship, January 2013, London

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