Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating

The international conference Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating – organized in the framework of the Graphic Design, Exhibition Context and Curatorial Practices – aims at addressing the multifarious relationships that exist between graphic design, the exhibition context and curatorial practice.

The relatively new phenomenon of graphic designers themselves more and more interested and involved in the exhibition context as a space of production opens up a number of questions that call for an overall re-examination of the relationship of graphic design with exhibition making and curating, and of the implications this has for design culture.

What are the motives behind graphic designers’ choice to use the exhibition as a medium for producing and disseminating contents? What does this new engagement reveal about the cultural and social role and position of the contemporary designer? What are the values attached to graphic design within the exhibition context, and how do they shift according to different contexts? What kind of public do designers aim to address, and what kind of public is actually being reached through exhibitions and related activities? What critical discourse, if any, on graphic design is built through and around exhibitions? How do acts of exhibiting and curating relate to the traditional activity of graphic design?

Speakers: Brave New Alps (Bianca Elzenbaumer, Fabio Franz), Charlotte Cheetham (, Mieke Gerritzen (Museum of the Image, Breda), Lungomare / Lupo&Burtscher, Prem Krishnamurthy (Project Projects), and Jon Sueda (California College of the Arts). With Jonathan Pierini (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Silvia Sfligiotti (Progetto grafico), Francesco Valtolina (Mousse), Carlo Vinti (University of Camerino).
Organized by Giorgio Camuffo, Maddalena Dalla Mura, together with the working group Roberto Gigliotti, Hans Höger, and Kuno Prey.

June 26, 2012
Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University, Bozen-Bolzano

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