During a workshop participants make multiple curiosities – small, conceptual projects – centred around a specific (desired) topic. A range of short assignments (pressure-cooker format) help them in questioning the topic, and finding new interpretations.

在工作坊期间,参与者将利用自己的好奇心创作很多的作品——从一个特定的主题延展的概念性的小项目。在强压下创作出一系列作品的方式,让他们可以提出很多与主题相关的问题,并找到新的传达方式。

Theme

Constraints for imagination

Challenge

Embrace constraints – challenge imagination and interpretation

Participants

1st year Master Graphic Design students at Masters AKV|St. Joost

This is what we did

工作坊的过程

Inspired by the French literature movement OULIPO, the participants searched for ways to embrace constraints in order to challenge imagination and interpretation form both themselves as their public.
Even though OULIPO’s restrictions are made for literature, the ways of thinking are applicable to design as well.

On the first day of the workshop we set the mood; participants wrote rules for each other to pick out a ‘random’ book from the library at AKV|St. Joost. During this 3-day workshop, the goal was to make a sibling (reinterpretation) of this book by applying, re-interpreting and tweaking OULIPO’s rules.

By doing so they searched for new dynamics within design, they created space to be completely free and triggered their own and each other’s imagination. They interacted with their public during both the production as well as the presentation of their work.

At the end of each day they wrote down the most important insights they got during the day. By writing down these insights the students inspired each other and at the same time the workshop was placed in a broader perspective – the insights can be used to also take projects outside of the workshop to a higher level.

With no restrictions regarding the medium of the project and the documentation, students discovered exciting ways to execute rules and to start interaction.

Some curiosities made during the workshop

工作坊中以“好奇”为主题的创作

by Hana Jira
by Hana Jira
by Stefan Christian Hoja
by Stefan Christian Hoja
by Stefan Christian Hoja
by Ada Favaron – These 2 small books were conceived as a critique to the egocentric role of Philippe Starck in his book:  "S+arck" (Taschen, 2004).  Besides showing the products he designed, the work contains a lot of his personal photos, my aim was to focus on the pattern in the flyleaf and some internal pages to underline this "megalomania".
by Giulia Bardelli – Knowledge matters: On the process of acquiring knowledge
by Giulia Bardelli – Knowledge matters: On the process of acquiring knowledge
by Giulia Bardelli – Knowledge matters: On the process of acquiring knowledge
by Ornella Sanfilippo
by Ornella Sanfilippo