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CelestialServices brings together the 2018 Graduation works of the Design Department.

Embracing subjective states, moods and alternate ways of encountering, the works inhabit both a daytime exhibition context and a nocturnal life during De School’s nightclub hours. Over these days and nights and throughout the different spaces of De School, an event programme of presentations, readings, radio and performance will further explore the potential for alternative contextual meanings.

Works by
Mateo Broillet, Júlia Carvalho de Aguiar, Asja Keeman, Anastasia Kubrak, Sherida Kuffour, Heikki Lotvonen‭, Stefanie Luchtenberg‭, Juan Pablo Mejía‭, Tereza Ruller‭

Graduation Jury
Gabrielle Kennedy, Michael Tedja

Tutors
Rana Ghavami, Anja Groten, Agata Jaworska, Rogier Klomp, Rob Schröder, Daniel van der Velden

Course Director
Annelys de Vet

Course Coordinator
Charlotte Corstanje

Curatorial Team
Agata Jaworska, Lucie de Bréchard, Sascha Krischock, Alexander Walker, Karina Zavidova

Text Editing
Rana Ghavami, Agata Jaworska

Thanks
Charlotte Corstanje, Tijmen Dekker and Looy Driesser, Femke Dekker, Anne van de Weijden, Sandberg Instituut MediaLab

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Sandberg Instituut
Design Department
Graduation 2018

15th—18th June
De School
Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1
1056 AB Amsterdam

Mateo Broillet

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Mateo Broillet explores how type specimens can be used in a critical approach to type publishing. Through his work, he subverts the structure of type specimens in order to reveal the role of typography as a means to serve a political end. Generally used as a placeholder text, the Latin phrase Lorem Ipsum exemplifies how information is filtered through automated headline generators, turning it into clickbait. Through one of his type specimens, Preciado he appropriates automation in a variable font especially suited for titling layouts in yellow journalism. Aware of the continuous negotiation between design history and cultural expression, Mateo’s work is a light hearted graphic design answer to the rhetoric of journalistic information.

Jùlia Carvalho de Aguiar

This is Where We Jump

Set in a pixelated flat environment, This is Where We Jump is a video game played from the viewpoint of an ideal, which is represented by the character Jump. The subject of the game is perspective, or better, the lack of it. To play TIWWJ is to navigate a world while feeling lost.

This is Where We Jump is an entangled collection of short stories, navigated by the player. Depending on the path the player takes, different stories about how They live are discovered. In anticipating that which is to come, Jump finds confinement in mundane details and humourful situations. This is Where We Jump is a game about falling in love with the unknown.

Asja Keeman

Ecology of Wounds

Ecology of Wounds is a film that shows how our asymmetrical relationship with nature causes geological harm. Drawing an analogy between nature and the human body, Asja Keeman juxtaposes a forest that has borne human destruction with an intimate account of pain caused by self-harm. Using the wound as a metaphor, she recounts how enduring pain inflicted through self-harm is a means of gaining control. With this work, Asja implies that similar mechanisms underlie the destructive relationship we have with nature.

Anastasia Kubrak

User-Agent

Today, any inhabitant of a city is treated as a computational User by default. Smooth interfaces and real-time feedback loops augment our urban experiences, making us feel empowered, while subjecting us to processes of profiling, quantification, optimisation and isolation. However, the sense of comfort and personal freedom that is gained comes at the cost of political agency and autonomy.

Drawing on a series of interviews with practitioners, ranging from policy researchers to UX designers, Anastasia Kubrak gives insight into what it means to be a human User in today’s technological infrastructures. What strategies can we employ to gain more agency? How can we become aware of our own position and be re-politicised?



If everything is so smooth, why am I so sad?

Always available and updating, eating coffee for dinner, sexting about a meeting tomorrow morning...
While algorithmic systems of governance remain invisible to us, we experience the byproducts of platform economy in the form of exhaustion, continuous burn-out, and inexplicable sadness. Generated by the iOS and Android “predictive typing” function, these automated messages represent how platforms see their average User.

How do we internalise the urban-scale processes of optimisation, measurement, and assessment? As algorithms anticipate our every next word, they accidentally reveal the collective subjectivity that all Users have in common.

Sherida Kuffour

Chasing Lizards...and Other Memories

Chasing Lizards...and Other Memories is a reconciliation of fragmented memory through the use of personal short stories and prose. The work illustrates how memory sticks to places we go, how it adheres to our clothes, how it mares our speech, and how it comes to define our livelihoods later in life.

Through the realisation that black women, existing at the intersection of race and sex, tend to shrink back and be silenced, these stories aim to take up space and lay waste to the reoccurring theme of being bent into shape.

Heikki Lotvonen

GlyphDrawing.club

GlyphDrawing.club is a contemporary texmode graphics editor with endless possibilities for making custom modular type design, illustrations, pattern design, concrete poetry, ASCII art and much more. The editor is inspired by old-school ASCII art editors, keeping some of the limitations of textmode art but bringing it to modern times; with the editor you can use any font and any glyph to create your compositions. The editor also comes with a custom "Truchet tile / FontStruct" style typeface for making modular design, and a variety of other fonts for making more traditional ASCII art.

www.glyphdrawing.club

Stefanie Luchtenberg

Intimate mode

Immersed in a stream of images, texts, and videos, Stefanie Luchtenberg explores how life is mediated through digital interfaces. Designed to go unnoticed, Stefanie draws attention to the sense of comfort that the constant presence of the scroll bar, the search box, and the blinking cursor bring. What these interfaces frame is our social interactions. Beyond the screen, they infuse our thoughts, our behaviour, and our expectations. Observing the ways in which we live in and through these devices, Stefanie shows how new forms of intimacy emerge through our daily experiences with our devices.

Juan Pablo Mejia

Salpicón

Salpicón is a browser film that explores “conflict aesthetics”. Using a mix of real and fictional footage, Juan Pablo Mejia reflects on post-conflict politics in Colombia through the narrative form of telenovelas.

The fruit drink “salpicón” serves as a metaphor for understanding the tropical mixture of quotidian and extravagant Colombian micro-politics. Evoking its melodrama, and employing literary devices such as spinoffs and cliffhangers, Juan Pablo reflects upon the ways in which the aftermath of peace processes in post-conflict Colombia is analogous to a perfectly polished telenovela-esque cliffhanger—unstable and undefinable.

Tereza Ruller

UNIONIZE: Abolish the Stage of Precarity

UNIONIZE is an uprising of the creative worker. The installation consists of a performer who inhabits a shelving unit, within which she produces shiny and colourful surfaces.

Tereza Rullerova’s performance is a response to the current labour conditions in the creative industry. Exhausted from constant labour caused by the merging of work and life, the creative worker performs in a never-ending shift.

UNIONIZE invites visitors to join a temporary union, and to establish common interests through performative design. Whereas unions traditionally represent workers operating within defined work hours, Tereza explores what a union for creative industry could be, aiming to connect and emancipate all “users-playbourers”.

Join the Union and Abolish the Stage of Precarity!

Graduation Jury
Gabrielle Kennedy, Michael Tedja

Tutors
Rana Ghavami, Anja Groten, Agata Jaworska, Rogier Klomp, Rob Schröder, Daniel van der Velden

Course Director
Annelys de Vet

Course Coordinator
Charlotte Corstanje

Curatorial Team
Agata Jaworska, Lucie de Bréchard, Sascha Krischock, Alexander Walker, Karina Zavidova

Text Editing
Rana Ghavami, Agata Jaworska

Thanks
Charlotte Corstanje, Tijmen Dekker and Looy Driesser, Femke Dekker, Anne van de Weijden, Sandberg Instituut MediaLab

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