Studio Benedetta Crippa
graphic design
& visual interventions

quantum thinking
Research, lecture and university course on visual sustainability

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In 2019–2020 I am guest teacher at the BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack University as initiator and coordinator of the first course of its kind on sustainability through visuality, grounded in practice-based research I’ve conducted on this theme over the past few years.

Sustainability has become an urgent question for the visual field, where the discourse around it is often blurry and limited to questions of materialisation. This course presents a largely new approach stemming from my own work in the social and cultural sectors, as well as lead designer at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Through a feminist, post-colonial approach to form and pedagogy, the course uncovers the multi-layered impact(s) of visuality, as well as strategies for bringing responsibility as integrated approach to visual practice, with a focus on structural changes though the final form. It advocates for a quantum thinking around sustainability (rather than a binary one) approaching it as a matter of delicate interdependencies.

In early 2020 this course expands to the BFAs across disciplines at Konstfack, and reiterates at Konstfack in Fall 2020. In February 2020 I am also co-lead of a similar course at the BFA in graphic design at Beckmans College of Design, invited by graphic designer and colleague Brita Lindvall Leitmann.

The opening presentation of the course works well as a comprehensive introduction to holistic sustainability through form across programs and institutions. In 2020 the introductory lecture is hosted by Umeå University and the University of the Arts in Bremen, and is selected for the international design conference Art of Research at Aalto University in Helsinki (Fall 2020), where I will participate as affiliated researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute, as well as at the international design conference Design as Common Good in Switzerland (March 2021).

To discuss the lecture or the course for your institution, please get in touch.

Thank you to Sara Kaaman, Catherine Anyango Grünewald, Sara Teleman, Brita Lindvall Leitmann, Lisa Baumgarten, Anja Neidhardt and the Stockholm Environment Institute

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