In November 2014, as part of the second edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Design Critique Platform will create an alternate “centre” of Polish design under the title “The New Locality Workshop”.
Aiming to serve as an open creative platform for Polish, Turkish and international designers, The New Locality Workshop will feature numerous events including exhibitions, workshops, a design critique platform, and educational and creative activities, as well as designers' meetings. The workshops will coincide with the Polska in Between exhibition organized as part of the Second Istanbul Design Biennial.
Young Polish designers, free of the complexes that plagued their parents and bored of following examples set by the West, feel comfortable amid the remnants of visual and material culture dating from Communist times and the symbols of the pioneer years of capitalism. The rejection in recent years of the Polish poster school of the 1960s, the anti-communist self-publishing activities of the 1980s, the vernacular aesthetic of the first years of capitalism, present-day pop culture, and many other processes - all of this has created a unique new local identity for contemporary Polish design.
SLOGAN PRINTING WITH WOODEN FONTS
Dates: November 1-2, 2014
Artist: Robert Chwałowski
Keywords: letterpress, linotype, print workshop
Info: Robert Chwałowski is the chief director of the Academic Typography Course at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He is also an expert and enthusiast of letterpress printing using metal or wood type and polymer plates. Chwałowski, who runs a print shop called Back-street Letterpress House, will share different techniques of letterpress and linotype printing and apply slogans to T-shirts with the letterpress machine.
HOW TO RISO
Date: November 8, 2014
Artists: Studio Arizona
Keywords: risography, print design, multiplication, discover
Info: What is a Risograph? How does the Riso printing system work, and why is it so popular? What are the most interesting examples of designs which make use of this technology? Michał Loba and Piotr Łożykowski (Studio Arizona) will talk about the history of the Risograph, present the best designs, and discuss their own projects. Moreover, they will give a lecture and will discover, with the audience, the risography machine and the limits of printing.
HOW TO SAMIZDAT?
Date: November 16, 2014
Artist: Robert Kwiatek
Keywords: samizdat, city, urban, solidarity
Info: What is a “duplicator”? How were hundreds of thousands of anti-government publications printed on this machine in Poland in the 1980s? How did the huge underground circulation of information become established in Communist Poland, and how did illegal printing houses function? Robert Kwiatek, an activist, printer and one of the leaders of the Federation of Fighting Youth, will present simple printing techniques and talk about anti-government activities in Poland in the 1980s. On November 16th, Kwiatek will also print a "samizdat" about Istanbul using different printing machines and techniques, which is the last phase of its production.
HOW TO TYPO ACTIVISM
Date: November 9, 2014
Lecturers: Marian Misiak, Katarzyna Roj
How is it possible to use fonts to change a city? Where did the concept of “typoactivism” come from? Can typography be an instrument of transformation? How to be a typography activist? Marian Misiak, a researcher and typographer, and Katarzyna Roj, the director and author of the education and exhibition programme at the BWA Wrocław-Galleries of Contemporary Art, will talk about the concepts involved in “typoactivism”, using as an example the design activism carried out over the past 4 years in the Polish city of Wrocław.
Street Art as Visual Communication
Date: November 15, 2014
Lecturers: Ewa Zielinska and Franciszek Cieślak (Culture-making Association Miastodwa), Marcin Rutkiewicz
Can signs, letters and inscriptions have political significance? How does social and political activism find expression on urban walls and fences? Is it possible to alter the city by means of signs and banners? How can one design letters in cooperation with artisans and shopkeepers? Marcin Rutkiewicz, a curator of street art, will present the history of the Polish graffiti scene, and Jan Cieślak, a designer, together with sociologist Ewa Zieleniecka (MiastoDwa Association), will talk about contemporary urban typography and participatory design.
Dates: November 4-9, 2014
Designers: Katarzyna Roj, Filip Zgórski, Michał Loba and Piotrek Łożykowski (Studio Arizona)
Keywords: risography, slogans, samizdat, collective, urban
Info: Studio Arizona designers come together with Katarzyna Roj, who is the director and author of the education and exhibition programme at the BWA Wrocław and the curator of numerous exhibitions and projects; and Filip Zgórski, who runs a design studio based in Warsaw and specializes in editorial / book / identity / exhibition / poster design and illustration. During the design lab, the artists will wander around the city and take photographs everyday, and then prepare specially made "samizdats". Anyone who wants to take part can deliver their photos either by using the hashtag #TheNewLocality or by pinning them on the open board at Mixer.
Dates: November 11-16, 2014
Artists: Agata Szydłowska, Marcin Rutkiewicz and Robert Kwiatek
Keywords: solidarity, organization, public space art, publishing, activism
Info: Agata Szydłowska, a design critic and curator, is one of the founders of Design Critique Platform. She is an author of several dozen articles on design published in 4 languages and she has co-ordinated and organised numerous graphic design exhibitions in many countries including Japan, Germany, Cuba and Russia. Robert Kwiatek is one of the leaders of the Federation of Fighting Youth “Solidarity” in Gdańsk, and he is a photographer, printer, and publisher. Marcin Rutkiewicz, founder and president of the Outdoor Art Foundation documenting and promoting public art, is an author and curator of Forty / Forty Gallery in Warsaw. These three different artists will come together in Istanbul and create experimental graphic design works focusing on public space during the Design Lab.
Dates: November 6-12, 2014
Artist: Marian Misiak
Keywords: typography, font design, residency, graphic design
Info: Marian Misiak, who studied sociology at the University of Warsaw and type design at the University of Reading, is a passionate researcher of multi-script typography, type and graphic design. He has collaborated with numerous magazines and newspapers in his homeland, and worked on numerous projects connected with Polish culture. During his residency in Istanbul, the artist will look into the relations between the Ottoman Arabic alphabets, and the Turkish and Latin alphabet focusing on the founding of the Republic and alphabet reform; and later on share the outputs with the viewers at Mixer.
Dates: November 14-18, 2014
Artists: Jan Bajtlik and Mert Tügen
Keywords: story, illustration, collective production, children’s books
Info: Jan Bajtlik has designed several children's books, fonts, posters and illustrations, and visuals identifications for cultural events, and social projects, and has also conducted typography workshops for children. He has cooperated with numerous publications such as TIME magazine, and The New York Times among others and received many awards. Mert Tügen is an illustrator who graduated from the Animation department of Anadolu University. His works have been published on many online and printed media, and he has taken part in many exhibitions. The two artists will exchange keywords and inspirations on their artworks before the workshop begins, and will come together everyday to create a collaborative story. During their time in the workshop, viewers can visit Mixer everyday and contribute to the story.
Date: 12-19 November 2014
Artists: Ewa Zielinska and Franciszek Cieślak ( Culture-making Association Miastodwa)
Keywords: sociology, urban areas, collaborative design, communications design
Info: The "Miastodwa" culture-making association was established to support sociologists in creative approaches and to encourage designers to take into account the social context. The association conducts research on the city and its grassroots cultures. Founded by Ewa Zielinska, a sociologist and mediator who conducts research on the participatory design of common urban spaces; and Franciszek Cieślak, who works on the concept of “communication design” as a broad social activity and at the same time documents vernacular design and cities’ visual identity; Miastodwa experiments with the role of design in a social context and turn abstract ideas into tangible solutions.
Among the curators of the project, Agata Szydłowska is a design critic and curator, lecturing on the history of design and typography at the School of Form design school in Poznań, and managing the post-graduate programme "History of Design: Theoretical and Practical Studies." She has created and co-created many exhibitions devoted to graphic design in many countries, including Poland, Japan, Germany, Cuba, Russia, Azerbaijan and the UK. In 2013 she won the "Młoda Polska" scholarship, which distinguishes young artists who have made great achievements.
The second co-curator of the project, Rene Wawrzkiewicz, is a graphic designer and design curator. He is a graduate of the Graphic Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and co-founder of the MamaStudio design studio (2001-2008) and of the Design Critique Platform and the Association of Applied Graphic Designers.
The New Locality Workshop project aims to serve as a meeting place for designers and residents, a platform for cooperation and dialogue, and simultaneously a practical workshop and theoretical thinktank serving to establish relations between Polish, Turkish and international design and artistic communities.
The project is co-financed by the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of competition Cooperation in the Field of Public Diplomacy 2014 competition.
The project is organized as part of the cultural programme marking the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.
Edited by E.M. 12/11/2014