ACED introduces Designalism
An extensive program that highlights and analyses the interdisciplinary collaboration between design and journalism.
A new form of collaboration between design and journalism has been on the rise worldwide. The approach — combining journalistic analysis and artistic presentation on relevant social issues — results in exciting perspectives. We call this interdisciplinary movement Designalism and introduce it as a new domain.
Designalism aims to represent the forefront of intermediate design and journalism. To do so, we have formed an extensive database of 25 projects, featuring (inter)national creators from across the two merging disciplines.
The work of Alice Wong, Desarming Design, Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee, Coralie Vogelaar, Forensic Architecture, Foundland Collective, Irene Stracuzzi, Jasmijn Visser & Metahaven, Jim Brady & Vito Boeckx (Post Neon), Jonas Staal, Julia Janssen, Martina Huynh & Jonas Althaus (Cream on Chrome), Next Nature Network, Paolo Cirio, Robert Glas, Teatro di Nascosto, Ted Hyunhak Yoon, Yuri Veerman & Dimitri Tokmetzis are presented as part of the database.
Some examples of projects listed in the database:
- Alice Wong’s A Charged Dream is a serious, yet playful exploration of the history of the lithium battery, which might be more popular than ever, since the rise of the smartphone.
- Forensic Architecture presents 77sqm_9: 26min where journalistic and architectural methods are used to reveal the truth behind the murder of Halit Yozgat in Kassel.
- Failed Futures and Extended Borders is an installation by the Foundland Collective, which analyzes the situation in the Middle East from the perspective of a Syrian refugee.
- Dit zijn onze helden from designer Yuri Veerman shows how much incomes in vital professions differ from the remuneration of top managers.
Podcast and Public Event
The database is accompanied by a podcast with creators and experts navigating the disciplinary spectrum of design and journalism. Discussion partner IJsbrand van Veelen leads the interviews and goes into the values, principles and habits of each guest. From April 12, weekly a new episode will be published on Spotify, SoundCloud, and iTunes.
Additionally, we are organising a public online event on May 26th, 2021 in collaboration with Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid. More news on that will follow soon!
Designalism is an initiative i.c.w. PhD researcher Stijn Postema (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam), VondelCS, Beeld en Geluid Den Haag. Designalism is supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.