Design & Solidarity. Discuss.
To mark the end of Inkahoots' exhibition "New Anthems VI (Berlin) - A New Anthem for Germany", A—Z will be staging a public discussion:
Design and Solidarity - How can graphic design be political?
Discussion evening with Mara Recklies, Susanne Beer (ZOFF), Sandy Kaltenborn and others.
"Our main topic will be an applied political design practice, with a special focus on graphic design. We would like to find out how we as designers can work politically and make a contribution to society. To this end, we invite practitioners who are active in this field and critically engage with it. The discussion should above all focus on the content, the resistance, the priorities and the (in)visibility of the respective working methods.
What priorities can we set with regard to current social events and crises? What concrete contributions can we make as graphic designers? What contradictions do we have to endure and what consequences does the political have for our working practice?"
Mara Recklies is a philosopher and deals with contemporary culture, design and technology. She is particularly interested in the political dimensions of design. Her focus is on criticism, protest and other resistance practices.
Susanne Beer is part of "Zoff", a collective for visual communication that merged in 2019. Besides her, Zoff consists of Laura Maikowski, Pierre Maite and Gustav Pursche. Together they focus their work on social and activist projects.
Sandy Kaltenborn is a communication designer and runs the office "image-shift" since 1999. In addition, two years ago he founded the tenant association "Kotti & Co" with neighbours at the Kottbusser Tor. He is committed to the social housing stock in Berlin.
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Moderation: Franzi Bauer and Toni Brell