These projects address various kinds of visual rhetoric and include topics such as stigma, alienation and degradation.
Among the projects is Pictogram-me, which held it's final presentation at the Norwegian Artistic Research Programmes forum in Stavanger in October 2016, Tam, wtedy - teraz, tutaj, which has completed a research based course in autumn 2016, and intends to be developed into a more comprehensive research project and Walking with Yiddish who has held several exhibitions, among others in the Holocaust Museum in Oslo. We want to link these three projects closer together and further develop them as a joint project with the working title “between languages”. Our first step is inviting you to our seminar in the Bergen Public Library to highlight and discuss meeting points and opportunities, followed by conversations and events in ROOM8 (Vakserelven 8).
In the disturbing article “We must ask ourselves: What is our shot in Sarajevo?” Writes Tobias Stone1:
It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals. So zooming out, we humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction, generally self imposed to some extent or another. We should be asking ourselves what our Archduke Ferdinand moment will be. How will an apparently small event trigger another period of massive destruction. We see Brexit, Trump, Putin in isolation. The world does not work that way — all things are connected and affecting each other. It will come in ways we can’t see coming, and will spin out of control so fast people won’t be able to stop it. Historians will look back and make sense of it all and wonder how we could all have been so naïve. ..
We need to understand and use social media. We need to harness a different fear. Fear of another World War nearly stopped World War 2, but didn’t. We need to avoid our own echo chambers. Trump and Putin supporters don’t read the Guardian, so writing there is just reassuring our friends. We need to find a way to bridge from our closed groups to other closed groups, try to cross the ever widening social divides.
(Perhaps I’m just writing this so I can be remembered by history as one of the people who saw it coming.)
Through the “between languages” project we ask what potential different kinds of visual communication has to generate reflection about “what may come.” Can our discipline bridge the gaps and create dialogue across groups with different cultural and national background?
In the seminar, following discussions and events we will explore and highlight the potential of design to create empathy, dialogue and tolerance. By linking multiple projects, we can both enhance the development of each project, but also invite other fellows and the public in general to contribute in the debate.