Category: 2013 Łódž: Privacy of our Era

Day four: the results.

Four students brought their ideas on privacy with following words and imagery. They all seek into their own privacy, intimacy and the borders they set up when sharing their expressions with other people.

Disappointment by Truth, Katarzyna Korzeniowska Privacy should be our own space, our own territory. It is good to consider how much we really want to share with other people and which way is the proper one.
Disappointment by Truth, Katarzyna Korzeniowska
Privacy should be our own space, our own territory. It is good to consider how much we really want to share with other people and which way is the proper one.
Lie, Eder Quintanilla Lie is the mask that makes you ugly.
Lie, Eder Quintanilla
Lie is the mask that makes you ugly.
I’m agination, Bogusia Adamczyk My privacy is my own world, which I sometimes share with other people. The most independent thing  in my private world is my imagination, space which is actually really hard to explain ... I am my imagination. I belong to it and it belongs to me.
I’m agination, Bogusia Adamczyk
My privacy is my own world, which I sometimes share with other people. The most independent thing in my private world is my imagination, space which is actually really hard to explain I am my imagination. I belong to it and it belongs to me.
Criticism, Aneta Chaładyniak I treat critisism as a game. People decide if they want to join this game. Sometimes they do not know how to play, but thay play it.
Criticism, Aneta Chaładyniak
I treat critisism as a game.
People decide if they want to join this game.
Sometimes they do not know how to play, but thay play it.

Day two: group discussion, ideas, sketches.

We continiued the workshop with refined ideas and video presentations, which can be seen <a title="Day two: video portraits" href="http://strani c20 cialis.igt.si/domenfras/2013/11/27/day-two-video-portraits/”>here. The words students relate to privacy are: Fear, Trust, Lie, Criticism, Imagination, Disappointment and Truth. After another round of discussion and brief lectures on graphic designer’s palette, we started to sketch the visual clues for chosen words.

 

Workshop schedule changed

The Workshop Schedule
Day 1 / Monday 9.00 to 13.00
• open lecture for all the students
• detailed presentation of the brief and the workflow
• creating the discussion groups (of 3 students)

Day 2 / Tuesday 9.00 to 13.00
• conducted group work (discussing the topic, developing the concepts and ideas)
• conducted group work (testing the concepts and ideas, concepts exchange and critique)
• conducted group work (fixing the concepts, ideas manifestation, etc)

Day 3 / Thursday 10.00 to 12.00
• individual tutorials and critique (sketches, models, wireframes, etc)
• individual work and tutorials (project realisation)

Day 4 / Friday 10.00 to 13.00
• finishing individual work
• setting up the exhibition
• public presentation, evaluation and discussion

Assignment No. 1

The Pre-Assignment No. 1
By our first meeting on 25 Nov second meeting on 26 Nov create a 45 sec video portrait of yoursef by answering this questions;
1. What would you never let:
• other people to know about you?
• your parents to know about you?
• your girlfriend/boyfriend to know about you?
2. What do you think is the biggest threat for privacy?

Important: do not forget to tell us your name!
Your video portrait can be realy simple. You can record it with a mobile camera.
The file should be titled: “NameSurname_Portrait+proper file extension“ and transferred via wetransfer.com to domen.fras@ntf.uni-lj.si .

Privacy of our Era.

CEEPUS exchange, November 2013
Mentor: assist. prof. Domen Fras,
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering
25–29 Nov 2013

Privacy of our Era.
An outline for the visual communication workshop at Technical University of Łodž, Poland

The Context
Privacy is a value of the democratic world. At the moment it seems to be on the most difficult trial, yet we are not able to be fully aware of that. We can hardly deal with many consequences the technology brought to us over a couple of decades. Just think social, economical and political changes.

Recent revelations on intelligence agencies data collections stored for review and spy affairs shook the global community to its foundation. The Internet records everything and forgets nothing. “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” sounds like a cheap PR quote to public. But civil liberties activists warn that the surveillance goes much deeper and beyond the legal frameworks in many countries. The debate has expanded throughout the world.

The Internet has brought new concerns about privacy. How do these concerns effect our life? What is privacy today? Why is privacy so important for an individual?

The Theme
Privacy is the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people and of being free from public attention. Considerations on privacy differ among cultures, but share common themes like: anonimity, intimacy, secrecy, solitude, bodily integrity, etc.

Not only social, but with many people’s strong sense of privacy in relation to the exposure of their bodies, privacy is a personal matter. However in electronic age privacy is the biggest problem. The Internet posesses forces to find out everything about everybody. Data collections about individuals or their behaviour present constant temptations to abuse them.

The Brief
You are asked to bring the questions on privacy from different perspectives in the broadest sense. For sure, you must search for the answers and develop the communication concept individualy. But your primary thinking tool is an open group discussion, supported by everyone’s individual experiences and field research.

You will carefully collect the thoughts that match your idea of privacy  and refine them into a single keyword or a phrase, which you want to communicate. You will design your word(s) the way that their meaning is expressed visually. You should also consider the public space where you will display the word(s) and produce the image of this contextualization.

At the end of the workshop you will exhibit the work, do a short presentation, evaluate the process and discuss the outcome with your coleagues.

Detailed day to tay assignments are listed here.
The workshop will be in english language.

The Objectives
One of the workshop intentions is a development of various concepts and initiatives which reflect privacy. Students are encouraged to research the theme from many different viewpoints with strong emphasis on their personal statements. It is expected that the students create a powerful visual language to communicate the ideas publicly.

The workshop will conclude the results within the exhibition and the debate. It is expected the public will be challenged to respond to the problem expressed by the students.

Suggested reading
George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) (1949)
Austrian Law Student Faces Down Facebook – NYTimes.com
NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations explained | World news | theguardian.com

Suggested watching
Living in a surveillance state: Mikko Hypponen at TEDxBrussels
The dark side of data TED

Study Literature
LUPTON, Ellen: Design writing research : writing on graphic design / Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller. – London : Phaidon, cop. 1999.
LUPTON, Ellen: Graphic design : the new basics / Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. – 1st ed. – New York : Princeton Architectural Press ; Baltimore : Maryland Institute College of Art, cop. 2008.
TWEMLOW, Alice: What is graphic design for? / Alice Twemlow. – Crans-Près-Céligny ; Hove : RotoVision, 2006.
SAGMEISTER, Stefan: Things I have learned in my life so far / Stefan Sagmeister ; essays by Steven Heller, Daniel Nettle, and Nancy Spector. – New York : Abrams, 2008.
SHAUGHNESSY, Adrian: How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul / Adrian Shaughnessy. – New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.

The Workshop Schedule
Day 1
morning
• open lecture for all the students
afternoon
• detailed presentation of the brief and the workflow
• individual introduction by the students (pre-assignment)
• creating the discussion groups (of 3 students)

Day 2
morning
• lecture
• conducted group work (discussing the topic)
• conducted group work (developing the concepts and ideas)
afternoon
• conducted group work (testing the concepts and ideas)
• conducted group work (concepts exchange and critique)

Day 3
morning
• lecture
• conducted group work (fixing the concepts, ideas manifestation, etc)
afternoon
• individual tutorials and critique (sketches, models, wireframes, etc)

Day 4
morning
• individual work and tutorials (project realisation)
afternoon
• individual work and tutorials (project realisation)

Day 5
morning
• individual work, (project realisation, documentation)
afternoon
• group work
• setting up the exhibition
• public presentation, evaluation and discussion

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