April 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade

30 of us, 5 days, 1 shower

„Akcija:autor ili univerzalni vojnik“ is the title of the third conference „(Graphic) Designer: Action, author or universal soldier?“, and deals with the political responsability of Designers and there role in society.

30 of us are:
a student art group from Belgium,
Karkatag, a kinetic Art group from south of Serbia,
political embrodery artists from Belgrade,
upcycling group trial and error from Berlin,
art collective Skart from Belgrade
and others, came to the Museum of Contemporary Art, gallery legat, to squat the place for 5 days to, collaborate, echange ideas and thoughts, talk, eat, understand and misunderstand, sleep, party and hold various workshops…

www.msub.org.rs Museum of Contemproary Art, Belgrade
www.blokovi.orgLink to the conference

The Conference 2012:

International conference (Graphic) Designer: Author or Universal Soldier - Action!

International conference (Graphic) Designer: Author or Universal Soldier is a four day series of lectures, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions of outstanding authors, designers and theorists from Serbia, region, and Europe. The project is primarily meant for students of art faculties and faculties of design from the region, but for the young professionals and public, as well. Third consecutive conference, being held in March 2012, is entitled Action!.

… We, designers, spend all our time and energy on producing need for the things which are, at least, worthless… There are pursuits more worthy of our problem-solving skills. Unprecedented environmental, social and cultural crises demand our attention. “Many cultural interventions, social marketing campaigns, books, magazines, exhibitions, educational tools, television programs, films, charitable causes and other information design projects urgently require our expertise and help“… (The First Things First Manifesto, 2000). Are these sentences still meaningful today? We live in the system that easily absorbs every critical action and it can momentarily be turned into a part of its own machinery. Do we still have more will and energy for an action in our introvert worlds daily focused solely on our own plate and TV screen? Are resistance strategies against the existing order and active bomb pushed away to the social margin? Is the deceptive reality of the margin sufficient for us? Within the conference the following people will try to give the answers: Rick Poynor (GB), Daniel van der Velden (NL), Tony Credland and Glenn Orton (GB), Dejan Dragosavac (CRO), Rafaela Dražić (HR), The Miha Artnak (SLO), Jovan Čekić (SER), A3 Format group (SER), Miloš Ilić (SER)…

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