Five lectures by international designers were given within the FH JOANNEUM Lecture Days 2017 of Design Month Graz.
The first one was held by Andrey Smirnov about “Revolutionary Sound Machines from the early 20th Century Russia”. Smirnov is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Centre for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory. His lecture was devoted to the forgotten pages of the history of electronic music and the role of Russia in the development of the world musical technology.
Jennifer Lyn Morone’s lecture about “Designing Civil Disobedience introduced the concept and mechanisms of influencing relevant thought and action through design. She talked about using design as a medium to catalyze social justice. Whether it be a single act of disobedience or a strategically planned agenda that unfolds over time, design and designers have an important role to play. Jennifer Lyn Morone is a conceptual artist and designer whose work seeks to disrupt. Research based, spanning various mediums and multi-disciplinary, her work examines the interrelations of political, economic, and technological designs and their impacts on society.
Yuri Landman, a musician and inventor of musical instruments, gave a lecture called “The Art of Noise” about his work as a designer: the sound principles of several instruments, ergonomics of the designs, aesthetics of noise music and the relation between music and nature.
Based on prepared guitar techniques, he built his first instrument in 2001 to solve the inaccuracy of instant preparations. He has built experimental devices for acts such as Sonic Youth, dEUS, Melt-Banana, Rhys Chatham, Ex-Easter Island Head, HalfJapanese, Kaki King.
Ekene Ijeoma’s lecture “Breaking News: Filtering the noise of corporate media through citizen design” questioned: What happens when a social issue stops trending on social media? When the media stops reporting it? How can designers as citizens, amplify the voices of their communities through interdisciplinary work? Ekene Ijeoma is a socially-focused artist and designer, NYFA Fellow in Design/Architecture and New Lab/Simons Foundation Fellow. He works with data to translate overlooked facts into informed feelings through poetic yet pragmatic, websites, apps, installations, and performances.
Finally, Michael Hajek, creative director at the ORF, held his lecture about „The digital revolution – how the ‚new channels’ change our visual communication. Just like letterpress destroyed monopoles and introduced democratization, the digital revolution now changes our lives. Production tools for everyone and the end of editorship provide ‘too much information’ for an overstrained generation. Research becomes a luxury, thus preparing the ground for fake news and alternative realities.
The FH JOANNEUM Lecture Days 2017 took place in cooperation with Creative Industries Styria, Designmonat Graz.
Photography: Miriam Raneburger