Flattening two curves: university in times of climate crisis and corona pandemic.
The climate show presented the results of the Climate Semester - Utopias for the Present - in a digital exhibition and as an online event on Juli 17th 2020.
At the FH Potsdam, in the summer semester 2020, the climate semester, the challenges of the climate crisis were jointly examined and transdisciplinary approaches and sustainable options for action for the here and now were developed.
Stones that calculate – materiality in the post-digital world
Design for Future – Conception of the Transformation Design Kit
Seeing Green – Design practices of environmental and climate protection
Education for Sustainable Development
Arctic climate quiz – Tracking down data, misinformation and (political) decision-making processes
Critical Zones – Observatories for Earthly Politics. Seminar on the exhibition at the ZKM Karlsruhe
Climate-neutral printing – Studies on the topic of climate-neutral printing
Ain’t that good news – Designing a visual newspaper section
Nutrition, climate and environmental protection
Stranger Living – Are Dumb Cities the New Smart Cities?
Educational architecture – Participation in school building construction
Nuances and polarities of colours
Automated Stroll – Urban, design and strolling workshop
Resilience and transformation of urban structures
WIND : ENERGY
Open MaaS L.A.B.S. @Futurium – Developing mobility in an open and socially relevant way
Graphic Kites – A Manual For Wind
Tipping Points – Visual experiments on disruptive climate system changes due to global warming
Rebel For Future – Holistic communication design
Fragile, beautiful and slimy: jellyfish – a typographic study
Searching for Climate Justice
Future Reflections – modular concepts for sustainable luminaires
The Senses Toolkit
Credits – Klimaschau
Pitch your Green Idea – The sustainable entrepreneurship game
Species to Species Services
Resource optimisation in construction – Motivation and example
Campus Climate Gardens
Some Magazine #10 Fire – A Magazine between Art and Design
Climate semester and scientific research
Prototyping Reality – spatial & contextsensitive interfaces
The Last One: Little Penguins Journey – Seminar: Interactive Narratives
We’re on it! Project “safe the world”
Planetary Scrollytelling – Visual data essays about system earth
Talk: Technical challenges for sustainable energy supply in cities
Nuances and polarities of colours
How can the individual, immediate perception of colour contribute to a comprehensible representation of the phenomena, and how can colour be used to formulate impressive statements? These questions are investigated practically and theoretically in four teams of students. Each team deals with individual research approaches, their visualisations and with suitable or controversial artistic positions on climate change. Starting points are the reading of Birgit Schneider’s book “Klimabilder” and extended research in each team. At the same time, the examination of contrasts and nuances of colour is deepened in joint basic exercises and theoretical introductions.
The aim is to create collectively developed colour ensembles consisting of individual colour designs, associated abstractions, which are transferred into utopian scenarios through colour transformations.
“That art can do something about the problems of perception and representation of climate change, thus transforming the unimaginable into comprehensible forms, these hopes are returning today.” (quoted by Birgit Schneider. Klimabilder, p. 45, Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2018)
Climate change is clearly evident in the environment surrounding us. Color is often used as a medium in order to make said changes visible e.g. in the statistics developed by Ed Hawkins that visualize climatic shifts through abstract ”warming stripes“. What can individual, immediate perception of color contribute to an understandable representation of these phenomena? How can color itself be used to phrase insistent statements? These and other questions were answered in the course of this class — step by step using playful experiments.
The students started off with some introductory exercises on color mixing and contrast theory. Those were followed by regularly executed studies of natural colors, inspired by going outside and perceiving nature, or just pulled from one’s own imagination. With the basics covered, each student was then able to try out a more unconstrained approach to painting techniques and color, which resulted in a plethora of work, shown and discussed among course participants each week. A few theoretical lectures by course instructor Eva Niemann added further content to this class, ranging from topics like color theory and color composition to art-historical backgrounds f. e. the imagery of apocalypse/ idyll in paintings.
As a final project for this class, groups of 2-4 students worked together and developed projects of their own choice on the topic of climate and processes of change in nature. Each group approached the topic from different points of view, learning about various researchers and artists and their work. The goal was to turn all that theoretical input into a new unique piece of art. The results included collages, abstract color compositions and video projects.
Due to this broadly formulated task, there was a lot of room for experimenting and following through with longer creative processes. That led to a variety of great and moving results. There was space for each and everyone to test out new ideas. In retrospect, there was a lot of lively and regular exchange despite the special circumstances concerning Corona/online classes. Eventually, it can be said that the course participants gained awareness of not only the use of color but a more intense awareness of environment itself.
Elina Arndt, 3. 7. 2020
Gruppenarbeite Team 1
Viccha Kreng and Carl Linz