About the RESISTANCE DESIGN workshop
Screen printing workshop RESISTANCE DESIGN, making protest material on the topic of Privatization of Public
"The very title resisting design causes a gap in our small artistic-activist community because it seems to ironize the very notion of resistance, it refers to resistance as a content that can certainly be shaped and found in different forms. If we understand design as a creative process ending in production some form and whose goal is to convey the message to the target group or the general public then the design of resistance is just that, a creative process that shapes the form of resistance and conveys the message ... "
Davor Mišković, The Second Sea, Rijeka *
During the workshop, participants will express their protest ideas regarding the topic of resistance to privatization (space), as well as resistance to privatization (space), resistance to lack of public space, the need for initiatives to change the purpose of space for the common good, loss and lack space, but also other topics that encourage them to protest.
The workshop will be led by the teams Cactus from London and Škart from Belgrade. In three days, as long as the workshop lasts, the participants will get acquainted with the basic principles of screen printing and deal with the topic of Privatization of the Public, as well as topics that include all other forms of disturbance for the common good. The workshop will begin with a presentation of the work of the Cactus and Škart collectives, whose members will introduce the participants to the work of other politically and socially engaged designers around the world.
At the beginning of the workshop, the participants of the workshop will analyze and visualize words and images, and concepts inspired by the topic of Privatization of the Public. Participants will decide according to their choice whether they want to run a local or perhaps an international campaign. Also, participants will have the opportunity to choose the material on which to promote their ideas: a poster, T-shirt, sticker, bag, or any personal item can become carriers of messages of resistance and protest.
The solutions of the workshop will be joined and presented at the exhibition 'Signs of Revolt', which will be presented at the Cultural Center REX in Belgrade from 7 to 13 September 2011.
* following the text of the workshop for making protest posters in Rijeka in 2009. In the same year, the workshop has taken place in Graz, too.
Information about workshop leaders:
Cactus started as a magazine project in London in 1989. He was inspired by mail art (art that uses the postal system as a medium), collaboration with numerous artists in Eastern / Northern Europe, political figures, and finally a different approach to graphic design. Cactus is a communication network that publishes collections of works from all over the world every six months. The goal of this non-profit project is, without selection, to exchange ideas from the field of culture, in such a way as to give people the opportunity to present their work globally, without censorship, in complete freedom of expression. In order to survive as a network, it relies on mutual cooperation of all actors, their mutual communication and togetherness, and does not deal with one-way promotions of individuals.
The Škart Group was founded in 1990 in Belgrade. Based on the collaboration on constant productive conflict, the group combines design, poetry, music in their works and involves them in social activism. Apart from designing, Škart also started several new collectives.