How is it possible to interfere with peoples daily life by using graphic design? We’re continually exposed to work of design. It might be fair to suggest that we’ve gradually become accustomed to filtering and ignoring most intrusive information. Do ignored instances of communication register in our subconscious?
Westerdals’ core values are Generous, Real, Bold and Curious. But how much does this actually affect our work on a daily basis? Can curiousity be triggered by bold disturbances to everyday events? Is it likely that this will be met with a generous spirit?
The purpose of the project was to explore how graphic design might be utilised (and abused) in order to create disturbances, to influence and manipulate.
108 graphic design students took part in this workshop at Westerdals Oslo ACT tutored by Sam Bannister, Yann Bougaran and Margaret Rynning.
Task To create a series of large an small scale interferences. You may provoke, upset, surprise, manipulate, entertain and charm. The only rules are that you must not destroy or damage anything significant; especially yourself, others or property. Utilise ALL conceivable resources. Use these in new and previously unimagined ways. Be daring. Your results will depend largely on your own decisions, wit, imagination, determination, effort and courage.
Solution 1. Streetart with spellingmistake made out of recycled plastic. By Kristine Kallevik, Ragnhild Kårmo, Anna Ducros, Håvard Langmoen, Ida Kokkersvold, Jana Inglis.
Solution 2. Reservetions in the kantina for vegetarians, single people waiting for a possible partner, outsiders, the loud ones or the sleepyhead. By Ida Andreassen, Mariella, Eirik Torgersen, Edel Horne, Mads Sæløen, Bjørn Sebastian Bjune.
Solution 3. Wallpainting over the printer which explains how animals will die if we continue printing so that more trees ned to be cut down and fall over the animals. By Margrethe Næs, Anna Michaelsen, Mads Øvergaard, Vetle Berre, Long Ngo, Elise Henrichsen.
Solution 4. When it comes to interference, why not wrap up the teachers car in phos of his own face? By Oda Wahl, Fredrik Bjørgmo, Håkon Melbye, Elin Ohme, Maria Rosland, Oda Bjørnstad.