Ilona Gaynor

Ilona Gaynor is a designer, artist and film maker. She is also a partner in London based design consultancy, The Department of No.

Her independent work continuously draws upon use of image, rhetoric and cinematic tropes, to construct complexly precise plots, schemes and narrative texts. Using design as a vehicle, the work aims to manipulate, fantasise and drive forward the invisible, draconian reaches of political, economical and technological progress and their topologies. The various outcomes presented, often take form as dense hypothetical plot constructions. Narrative schematics, that manoeuvre between artefact, artifice and representation.

Since graduating from The Royal College of Art, Ilona’s work has been recognised internationally through various awards, exhibitions and publications including D&AD, Blueprint, WeMakeMoneyNotArt, Architectural Design Magazine (AD), The FT, Wired, Siggraph and the Oxford University Press. She has lectured and taught internationally and is currently a visiting tutor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the Architectural Association, RISD and Princeton University. She also received the esteemed Ridley Scott Prize for her final RCA graduation project, ‘Everything Ends in Chaos’.

Ilona Gaynor is artist in residence at V2_ in the last months of 2013.


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