This year’s series of lectures of the Department of Design and Communication of FH JOANNEUM brings speakers, among others from Bratislava, Detroit, New York and Portugal, to Graz, to present and discuss different aspects of these trends by showing concrete examples.

Yesterday Luis Fernandes from Portugal started the “Design & Protest” – FH JOANNEUM Lecture Days with his presentation about
“Other Story, Other Television”.
In this lecture, Fernandes discussed some of his projects to explore and understand how collaborations, partnerships and international networks to empower a new generation of creators work.

Luis Fernandes is the Executive Producer of Canal180 (Cannes Lion, 2012), a media platform with focus on culture and creativity that opens a discussion for a community of creators interested in music, design, video, architecture, photography and digital arts. He is also in charge of 180 Creative Camp (Creative Collaborations in Media Arts) and the Head of Partnerships of Canal180. He co-founded the Oporto Laboratory of Architecture and Design in 2010 and curated Get Set Festival – presenting young creators, celebrating creativity – between 2010 and 2015. Luis Fernandes has a Master Degree in Architecture (Oporto, 2009).

For more than one hundred years, creative professionals have been visualising ideas, fostering the commitment on social and political issues and therefore have been becoming involved in the shaping of the world. Also today, many designers are not satisfied anymore with serving wealthy clients in the course of their search for esthetic differentiation but more and more question their role as creators in the context of the permanently widening gap between rich and poor. They involve in social movements, support basic initiatives and try to easily and calmly contribute to an improvement of the world and a caring society.

See you on Monday, May 7, in Kunsthaus, Space 04 | Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz for the upcoming Design & Protest – Lectures!

The Lecture Days took place in the Designmonat Graz in cooperation with the Creative Induatries Styria.

Photography: Verena Kolm