Masterutstillingen i design 2016

Design Seminar - Living Together - MA Degree Show in Design 2016

The seminar Living Together will focus on Design Thinking and how empathy and the ability to identify with others can be a driving force for innovation. Wednesday 4 May in old Bergen prison at Rådstuplassen 8a.

At the seminar Living Together, Bergen Academy of Art and Design will focus on Design Thinking and how empathy and the ability to identify with others can be a driving force for innovation. How can we understand other people? What competence will the designers of tomorrow need if they are to enjoy fruitful cooperation with people from different fields? How can we achieve interdisciplinary cooperation in practice? And is all design thinking Design Thinking?
Wednesday 4 May in old Bergen prison - Rådstuplassen 8a
Limited number of participants.
Register to by 2 May.
Registration will be closed when the seminar is filled up.

Seminar programme in pdf-version.

In a world that seems to be increasingly divided, our ability to put ourselves in others' place and see things from a new perspective is becoming more and more important. We need to gain insight into how people who are different from us think and feel, so that we can understand their actions. Understanding is a prerequisite for change.
Through 'Design Thinking', surprising solutions to complex problems are developed, with empathy as their most important driving force. 'Design Thinking' has recently been on the agenda in boardrooms all over the world, and it has also made itself felt in Norway and Bergen.
In connection with an interdisciplinary pilot project under the auspices of Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB), the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and Bergen University College (HiB), Design Thinking – Strategic Innovation and Design Management, designers, engineers and economists in the region have joined forces to solve challenges facing society. Now, it is being discussed whether to establish a master's degree programme in 'Design Thinking', where new solutions arise at the intersection between design, technology and economics – but always with the focus on people. A study trip was recently made to San Francisco. Design Thinking was elaborated on and discussed on visits to the places it originated, at Stanford University, d-school and the global design agency IDEO.
Part 1
Design Thinking
(Programme 9.00–11.00)
8.30 Coffee
9.00 Welcome
9.10 Marie Saasen (NO) / Founder of Studio Saasen
9.40 Questions and comments
Designing Connection: Sports to Future Learning
Marques Anderson (US) / Founder of World Education Foundation
10.20 Questions and comments
10.30 'Design Thinking' – the pilot, and what now?
10.45 'NOT design, BUT design; it`s all about people'.
How changes in design influence KHiB's curriculum.
Associate Professor Bente Irminger and Associate Professor Linda Lien
11.00: Food, music and a tour of the exhibition
Part 2
The designers of tomorrow meet the challenges of today
Programme 11.45–12.45

11.45 Philipp von Hase
Made in Public – Creation Station
Maria Nordtveit
What is the potential of aggression?
12.15 Lotte Sekkelsten Østby Welcome to Oslo!
12.30 Ingrid Rundberg I am the State
12.45 The master's students will be present and will speak about their projects
Marie Saasen (NO)
Founder of Studio Saasen

Marie is the energetic founder of Studio Saasen, a start-up working with organisations to boost their innovation engine. She has a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design, and has worked on branding and marketing in New York. Marie is also a guest lecturer on design thinking and entrepreneurship at HiOA and NMBU in Norway, and at New York University (NYU).
Marques Anderson (US)
Founder of World Education Foundation

Designing Connection: Sports to Future Learning
American football is a game of strength, agility, discipline and strategy. Just like many other team sports, to create a winning organization, there are processes and connections which need to flow seamlessly to maximize the potential for desired outcomes. The most physically gifted team does not always win. So what is it that excels beyond force? Exploring that train of thought to developing programs in global communities has many overlaps and design aspects which can be transferred across disciplines and borders. Connection and empathy are core components to approaching and implementing sustainable solutions. Through that WE are opening pathways to explore EDGE learning- where future learners can transform their ideas into architecting their realities.

A few years back, Marques tackled challenges as an elite American football player in the NFL, playing five seasons for the Green Bay Packers. Football requires courage and strength, but you do not get far without also having a strategic mind and a collaborative spirit. Marques applies his qualities of grit, leadership and strategic vision to address some of the most critical social problems we face as a global community. He created the World Education Foundation to do just that, and they work globally to create new, dynamic and sustainable growth in Education, Infrastructure, Sports, and Health.
Bente Irminger and Linda Lien (NO)
Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Department of Design are concerned about how design can help identify and solve
problems, create experiences and invite to reflection. We emphasize curiosity,
inquisitiveness, experimentation and exploration of methods and materials. By challenging the creative processes ad the visual language, we develop new insight and knowledge on how design can create better quality of life and inspire to sustainable use of resources.

Associate professor Bente Irminger is leader of artistic research in Furniture- and Spatial Design / Interior Architecture at Department of Design, Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Her research focus is on the future education of designers, with emphasize on co creation and interdisciplinary team work. She has been leader and owner of the interdisciplinary design company Fuggibaggidesign AS. She is also a member of the `Support programmes for international art and culture collaboration` lead by the  Norwegian Ministry of  Foreign  Affairs.

Associate professor Linda Lien is leader of artistic research in Visual Communication at Department of design, Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Her research focus on creative processes in groups, and how to involve end-users in development processes. She has been research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, working with identity design and social mobilizing as part of democratize place development processes.

Philipp von Hase
Made in Public – Creation Station

How can free, publicly accessible workshops be a constructive contribution to the new designer-maker culture? Creation Station is a mobile workshop that, in addition to being fully functional, is a statement about the throwaway society and consumerism. Through Creation Station, everyone is invited to create, repair or invent something in a public environment. Through his project 'Made in Public', Philipp von Hase explores how free, publicly accessible workshops can make a constructive contribution to the new designer-maker culture. The main focus in the maker culture is on applying and acquiring practical skills and using them creatively. The project originated with a study trip to London where he studied the local maker culture and was impressed by the network of open workshops he found. Another important source of inspiration for the project was the educational manifesto Our future is in the making – it is in our hands, issued by the British Crafts Council in November 2014.
Maria Nordtveit
What is the potential of aggression?

What is aggression and what can it be? What room do we want to give aggression in today's society? Marie Nordtveit's goal is not to solve a problem but to create reflection about an ultra-topical issue. Through a fictional brand of products that regulate our aggression, she explores the scenario: 'What if we could control our own aggression?' The products and brands have a very commercial design, and the audience is invited to enter a world where this brand and its products actually exist. The project makes demands of you as a member of the audience, and it expects something of you.
Lotte Sekkelsten Østby
Welcome to Oslo

Some places are perceived as non-places, places you just want to leave as soon as possible, place that exclude rather than include. Every day, thousands of people pass through Jernbanetorget square in Oslo. How can the square be designed so that it is seen as attractive, makes the public feel safe, gives a good first impression of the city and triggers people's inquisitiveness? Lotte Sekkelsten Østby was born and grew up in Oslo, and she is concerned to hear what first impression of the city newly arrived tourists are left with. Observations and investigations of how Jernbanetorget square functions today, study trips to other urban spaces, interviews with experts and experiments with form and colour form the basis for her new ideas about the square. In the new Jernbanetorget, the style is organic and colours are used actively to create identity. The square feels safe, it oozes joy, life and laughter, and is packed with people enjoying their surroundings, the weather and each other. The new Jernbanetorget buzzes with positive activity round the clock. Is it possible?
Ingrid Rundberg
I am the State

Our relationship with the state is not something we can opt out of. The relationship is there and it's not going away. Swedish Ingrid Rundberg invites people to reflect on the relationship between the Norwegian State and the country's citizens.
'The whole project really started because I personally find it difficult to grasp this whole thing about the State. I find it odd that something so abstract can have such a profound influence on my life. You can communicate with the State, primarily by email, but, personally, I have always mainly associated the State with big buildings in the city.'
In her project, she has focused on stories, different types of depictions. Not just those written by our great authors, but also the everyday stories that exist all around us.
'What I have discovered in the course of my project is that the State and the relationship between the State and its citizens is more nuanced than I previously assumed. The relationship seems to be full of contradictions, an aspect that became most noticeable towards the end of the project, when I invited people to contribute descriptions of their relationship with the State.'
The project has resulted in an exhibition. As a medium, an exhibition can accommodate many different opinions, and it allows several different truths and narratives to be presented in parallel. The exhibition shows different aspects of the relationship between the State and its citizens – everything from illegal surveillance of political activists to an Instagram presentation of Tax Administration staff.

Published: 4/25/2016 by Mia Kolbjørnsen Updated: 4/27/2016 by Mia Kolbjørnsen