Conference Type

Dilemma! Dilemma!

Design Conference
24–25 May 2019
Progr Bern

As design moves away from a focus on authorship and lifestyle, questions of social relevance and impact come to the foreground. We invite you to talk about Dilemma! in the topics of spaces, kinship, and visual narratives. The conference is organised and moderated by students from HKB/MA Design. Speakers from Switzerland and abroad will join us for a broad discussion in three panels. We hope to see you there!

Topics

Spaces

Improving the human experience through designing spaces

Friday 24 May
16:00 – 19:15

The spaces we work, play and live in have mostly been designed with a focus on usability. They should help people achieve their goals and look good in the process. What if we cared less about making spaces look good and more about how humans experience them? This panel invites you to consider the design of spaces from different perspectives. An architect, a wayfinding expert and an entrepreneur in collaborative working environments will share their approaches to improving the human experience through designing spaces. The conversation with the audience will be deepened at dialogue tables before we bring the ideas together and make connections visible.

Designing Kin-ship

Envisioning entangled environments with non-human actors

Saturday 25 May
10:15 – 12:30

Designing Kin-ship poses the question of how we can design for a beyond human-centered future. We would like to argue that Design needs to incorporate the multiplicity of human and non-human relationships into its design thinking process. We propose that by supporting this incorporation, we can work with ongoing processes in society, technology and environment for the better.

Visual Narratives

Challenging the construction of a narrative through visual information

Saturday 25. May
14:00 – 16:30

The Visual Narratives block deals with the construction, production and transportation of narratives through visual media. We question the use, the reception, the power as well as the political and social influence of these visuals. The speakers will discuss the strategies and formats of this form of communication and how to challenge the construction of a narrative through visual information and get exclusive insights and answers from the fields of psychology, art history, political science and data visualization.

Program

Friday 24 May, afternoon

Spaces

16:00–16:30

Get in

16:30–16:45

Introduction

16:45–17:45

Keynotes

By Neil Beecroft, Co-founder of Puraworka,
Irene Stutz, Founder of ‘Signito GmbH’, design studio with specialization in Signaletik,
Martina Guhl, architect, lecturer and author

17:45–18:00

Break

18:00–18:45

Host club

18:45–19:15

Discussion & wrap up

19:15

Apéro & open bar

Saturday 25 May, morning

Designing Kin-ship

10:15–10:30

Introduction

10:30–11:50

Keynotes

by Laura Coppens, social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and curator,
Michaela Büsse, interdisciplinary artist and researcher interested in speculative and experimental design practices,
Danah Abdulla, Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London

11:50–12:30

Interactive Talk

12:30–14:00

Lunch

Saturday 25 May, afternoon

Visual Narratives

14:00–14:15

Introduction

14:15–15:00

Keynotes

by Rebekka Kiesewetter, art historian, economist and historian. Founding member of DA Institut, member and former co-director of Depot Basel,
Vlad Glaveanu, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Professional Counseling at Webster University Geneva,
Jacopo Ottaviani, journalist, computer scientist experienced in data visualization, ICFJ Knight Fellow and works as Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Code for Africa

15:00–16:00

Panel discussion

Moderation by Eliane Gerber, communication designer and design researcher at Bern University of Arts (HKB)

16:00–16:30

Wrap-up

16:30

Apéro & open bar

Friday 24 May, afternoon

Spaces

16:00–16:30

Get in

16:30–16:45

Introduction

16:45–17:45

Keynotes

By Neil Beecroft, Co-founder of Puraworka,
Irene Stutz, Founder of ‘Signito GmbH’, design studio with specialization in Signaletik,
Martina Guhl, architect, lecturer and author

17:45–18:00

Break

18:00–18:45

Host club

18:45–19:15

Discussion & wrap up

19:15

Apéro & open bar

Saturday 25 May, morning

Designing Kin-ship

10:15–10:30

Introduction

10:30–11:50

Keynotes

by Laura Coppens, social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and curator,
Michaela Büsse, interdisciplinary artist and researcher interested in speculative and experimental design practices,
Danah Abdulla, Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London

11:50–12:30

Interactive Talk

12:30–14:00

Lunch

Saturday 25 May, afternoon

Visual Narratives

14:00–14:15

Introduction

14:15–15:00

Keynotes

by Rebekka Kiesewetter, art historian, economist and historian. Founding member of DA Institut, member and former co-director of Depot Basel,
Vlad Glaveanu, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Professional Counseling at Webster University Geneva,
Jacopo Ottaviani, journalist, computer scientist experienced in data visualization, ICFJ Knight Fellow and works as Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Code for Africa

15:00–16:00

Panel discussion

Moderation by Eliane Gerber, communication designer and design researcher at Bern University of Arts (HKB)

16:00–16:30

Wrap-up

16:30

Apéro & open bar

Guests

Danah Abdulla

Danah is an educator, designer and researcher based in the United Kingdom. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University, London. Danah is a founding member of the Decolonising Design research group, a Research Associate at the Design against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins and the founder of Kalimat Magazine. Her research interests revolve around new narratives and practices in design that push the boundaries and definitions of the discipline. In particular, her research focuses on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, the politics of design, publishing, and critical views of social design practices.

Her talk will explore the designer as a generalist – more specifically, calling for the designer as border thinker. She will explore how the decolonial concept of border-thinking can enable designers to cross disciplinary boundaries and develop new collective relationships to begin looking at radically new ways of tackling issues, and introducing new ways of thinking and knowing about the world.

Eliane Gerber

Eliane Gerber is a communication designer based in Switzerland. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from HyperWerk HGK FHNW in 2013. Today she uses her design skills to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, be it in customer, research or artistic projects. Her working tools include graphic design, video production, illustration, photography, animation, and programming. She is currently doing her Masters in Design Research at the Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB.

Eliane will moderate the panel discussion from the Visual Narratives Block on Saturday afternoon.

Irene Stutz

Irene Stutz studied Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). In 2012, she founded "Signito GmbH" and continued her education in the field of Signage at Bern University of the Arts (HKB) Bern. At "Signito" she concentrates on the creation of user-friendly orientation systems in spaces (planning and implementation), and enjoys working with architects and clients to get the best results. Her focus and expertise helps to analyse how humans interact in and with these spaces in everyday life, and how design is part of this interaction.

Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani is a journalist and computer scientist experienced in data visualization and in-depth storytelling. His team of developers, designers and storytellers produce cross-border journalism and develop digital tools for media and civic engagement in Africa and beyond. Among his award-winning projects: The Migrants’ Files, a cross-border data project uncovering exclusive information on the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe, and the web-documentary E-waste Republic. Newer projects include Lungs of the Earth, a journey across the rainforests of the world, Borderline, an interactive atlas of migration in Europe, Slumscapes and the Search and Rescue open data portal.

Laura Coppens

Laura Coppens is a social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and curator from Berlin and is currently based in Bern, Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. through the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe, University of Zurich in 2014. In the same year she joined the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern as a research assistant, teaching ethnographic media, documentary film-making, gender and sexuality as well as alternative economies.

Designing Kinship through the lens of Indigenous Futurism and collaboration:
In my talk, I will look at "designing kinship" through the lens of indigenous futurisms. How do Indigenous people imagine different futures while critically addressing contemporary issues? How can we embrace a subversive mode of storytelling and representation in order to create more meaningful work and undermine dominant ideologies? How is kinship (re)imagined in Indigenous media productions? I will further suggest that socially relevant design should be based on collaboration. As creative content creators and designers, it is not only important what we envision and create, but also how we design and who we include in the process.

Martina Guhl

Martina Guhl studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, as well as psychology at Danube University Krems. She lectures on urban transformation processes at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, and on architecture & psychology at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.. She is a consultant and researcher for organizations such as UNICEF, IKEA, as well as schools, parishes, public and private developers. She is widely published in the field of urban planning and architectural psychology. Previous positions include, Area Manager Zurich East, Zurich Department of Urban Development, Delegate for Urban Development in the City Partnership Zürich Kumning and Research Assistant at the Professorship D. Eberle at ETH.

Michaela Büsse

Michaela Büsse is an artistic researcher interested in speculative and experimental design practices, new materialism and eco-feminism. Her research-led practice ranges from text to film, from installations to workshops. Currently, Michaela is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in Basel. She was a fellow at Strelka Institute (2017) and Acts of Life (2018) - an interdisciplinary collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila. Her current research focuses on the co-constitutive relationship between humans and material environment.

For my input, I will focus on the still prevailing hylomorphic understanding within design (and else where) that acknowledges form over matter (form follows function) and how it is rooted in a century-long philosophic inquiry about the separation of thinking and sensing. I will introduce the concept of individuation as an alternative mode of form-finding which emphasises constant becoming of everyone and everything in relation to one another. Finally, I will outline implications for a process-oriented design.

Neil Beecroft

During his studies in Sport, Science and History, Neil co-created Bramble Services which specialises in the organisation of high-end luxury holidays. He then pursued his career at Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and UEFA where he developed intrapreneurial skills and obtained an ISO 2012 1 certification for EURO 2016. On the side, Neil co-created two NGOs, Let’s Play Association and SandSI (Sport and Sustainability International). Through PuraWorka, Neil aims to galvanise all his professional experience and aspirations to create a positive disruption in the way people work, whilst constantly reinventing business models seeking his inspiration from a balanced lifestyle.

Rebekka Kiesewetter

Rebekka Kiesewetter is an art historian, economist and historian. She is a writer, managing editor, curator and researcher. Her research focuses on publishing as a self-reflexive, social, performative and material practice. One of her research projects focuses on the concept of publishing in what can be described as post-digital. Differences between old and new media have become obsolete but what does this mean for publishing in terms of strategies, formats and ideas of authorship and publicity? Are there differences, shifts or perhaps even a different understanding?

Vlad Glaveanu

Vlad Glaveanu is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University Geneva, Associate Professor II at Bergen University, Norway, and Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation. His work focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He has co-analyzed refugee-related memes and the dialogues around the visual artifacts shared on social media. His aim is to unpack the social and psychological mechanisms involved in taking the perspective of refugees on digital platforms as well as the imagined impact on the host communities due to certain perception of otherness.

Location

The Dilemma! Dilemma! Design Conference will take place at Progr in Room 369, Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Berne

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Tickets

Bread & Water

10.– CHF

Rice & Beans

30.– CHF

Steak & Fries

60.– CHF

Caviar & Champagne

120.– CHF

You can choose any ticket category. All tickets include the same ser­vices and all funds from ticket sales will be used to support students in challenging financial situations.


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Design: Jasmin Jacobs & Max Frischknecht
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