We (Svetlana/Belgrade, Juho/Helsinki and moi/Ljubljana) are currently working on Armoniapolis. The project is about creating an online platform for composers: “to bring focus to the sounds that are already part of our world … and to encourage conscious listening and creative use of these sounds”. Opening next week on Wednesday in Belgrade in O3ONE gallery. Check out our beta website!
I’ve been home in Ljubljana for about 3 weeks now. While I was in Berlin, my studio-mates were busy preparing the Pop-up Home, a one month shop in an empty apartment in the city center that sells home products from young promising Slovenian designers. I was back just in time to do the whole visual identity together with Nina. Instead of chilling out and meeting old friends, nights and days were spent in the studio, glued to the computer:) Seeing an amazing feedback we got from media and visitors, it was all TOTALLY worth it!!! Even the Slovenian president is coming to see the flat on Monday! On the picture: a lamp by Tilen Sepič, one of my favorite objects in the apartment.
Also, right after coming back, I spent some quality time with Microsoft people in an event that connected Finnish and Slovenian designers in a 1 day Skype workshop. I did this app concept together with Kimo Boissoinner (Microsoft Finland).
I am currently in Berlin, doing an internship at Art+Com and trying to freelance as much as I can. Berlin is fun and great, there’s many things to see and many people to meet. Finding an apartment is very difficult, though! Last weeks I was working on a nice project with Svetlana, who had a performance in Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade during the Ring-ring festival. I contributed the visuals. The theme of our collaboration was Reconstruction and my main inspiration was as usual, typography. I turned letters to architectural elements which are reconstructing themselves.
I’m spending my days in the library, reading and writing about the city, design and the senses, experience design etc. So at the moment my best friends are Lefebvre, Nicolescu, Simmel, Weber etc. I quite enjoy the research and the writing and wish I would find time to do it also after I graduate. The Slovenian national library was designed by Jože Plečnik and this year marks 140 years from his birth. Google celebrated this occasion with the following image of the famous triple bridge:
I got home more than a month ago but it still feels like I’m running in between places. After returning back to Ljubljana, I flew to Riga to do another CityBeat exhibition. Hard work and lots of fun:). Then I went straight to Berlin where I had the interview with Art+Com and I’m doing my internship there next year, yey!! Now I’m getting used to my new place and the new studio in Šiška! I’ll be in Ljubljana for about three months, writing my thesis, freelancing and enjoying the company of these guys:
Today I joined Anna and her friends to go mushroom picking in Sipo, close to Helsinki. It was a great and successful day! There were many beautiful poisonous mushrooms in the forest. I forgot my camera but luckily I could take some iphone photos. They’re all on Flickr.
CityBeat, the interactive installation we have been developing for the past year and a half is finally set up on the Lasipalatsi square in the centre of Helsinki. In case you are in Helsinki, we are having an opening tomorrow, 26.8. at 19h. CityBeat is also my final thesis in Aalto University and a sort of goodbye to graphic design. Thank you thank you thank you: Ben Dromey, Jari Suominen and Piritta Puhto! More about the project and a picture diary of the proces. Photo by Tekla Pohjolainen.
For the past three months I have been kayaking, cycling, hitchhiking, walking and driving across New Zealand. I also managed to structure my final thesis and have spent days in library writing literature reviews and my thesis guidelines.We got a grant from Finnish Bioart society to develop the CityBeat for a traveling public exhibition and I’m looking forward to spend my summer in Helsinki working on this project. My work will also be published in two design publications by Lawrence King publishers and Hesign studio and I’m participating in a funny Balkan show called TurboSutra. I am also currently working on commissions for friends, below is a poster for Jazzva and I hope to soon finish a website for Rompom.
I just got back to Helsinki after spending almost a month back home. It was probably one of the best visits so far. I missed all my friends and Slovenian vine and weather! After arriving back to the cold, snowy and dark winter I started to question my affection towards Finland! Luckily I’m enjoying every minute of my school life. I’m again stepping away from graphic design and focusing on the CityBeat project. I’ve taken up workshops such as analogue electronics and tangible auditory interfaces, hoping they would bring me closer to my thesis work. Yes, I’m a nerd. In Ljubljana, we saw Lee Miller‘s exhibition. Loved it.
In the end of November we visited Tirza in Berlin, where she is working for Image Shift (it was nice to see Sandy and Pierre again). There was a great exhibition for graphic design addicts in the Art library in Kulturforum on Potsdamer Platz, World as Words (ending on the 16th of January). Hamburger Bahnhoff has a big exhibition by Carsten Höller in the main hall with live reindeer and giant mushrooms. Berlin is great:) The picture below is from the only club we went to (thanks to Martti). Do not go to Berlin with overworked design geeks who drop dead every day at 11 pm (yes I know, I’m complaining about that again)! Anyhow, this beer label is all what graphic design should be. Clear, simple, basic. Who needs visual clutter.