Design
Science Summer School
Ljubljana
8—12 July 2024
SUBVERSIVE REALITIES
University of Ljubljana, University of Split, FH Joanneum & PiNA
The term "subversive" suggests an intent to subvert an established system. But what happens the day after the revolution? This theme invites exploration of not only the broken systems of today and our psychological biases but also the external realities that make us believe that there is no alternative. This theme includes discussions on systemic social injustices, environmental challenges, political issues, historical revisionism, cultural biases, and psychological defense mechanisms. Participants are encouraged to examine the complexity of human perception, both individual and collective. Can we think of alternatives that become a reality?
Applications for 2024 edition are now open until June 2nd 2024
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About D+S

Design+Science is a multidisciplinary Summer School that promotes exploration and experimentation at the intersection of design and various scientific fields, led by renowned experts in their respective fields. This week-long Summer School includes workshops, guest lectures, tours, and other activities.

The summer school approach is based on multidisciplinary group work. It is open to participants from the design field but also to all related practices such as architecture, art, computer sciences, social sciences, natural sciences and others. Both for master’s and PhD students and young professionals.

It is not based on a fixed design methodology and will be open and flexible enough to allow groups to develop their own path during the school work.
Location
Design+Science Summer School takes place in person at various locations in Ljubljana, Slovenia with the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana being the main venue.
Admissions

The course costs 300 eur. It includes all the materials, excursions, coffee breaks and lunch for the duration of the summer school. Participants are expected to organize their own travel & accommodation.

In case you would like to participate, but cannot afford the course fee, please, let us know in the application and explain your situation and we will approach you.

For the students from the University of Split and FH Joanneum, there is no course fee. They should as well contact their Universities regarding the traveling and accommodation fee.
Programme
MON
TUE
WED @Offsite
THU
FRI
9:00-9:30
Check-in
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Check-in
9:30-11:00
Check-in
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Check-in
9:30-11:00
Intro
Talk
Álvaro Sanchis
Talk
Marina Klemenčič
Talk
Rok Kranjc
Workshop
9:30-11:00
Break
Break
Break
Break
Break
11:00-11:30
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
11:30-13:00
Round table
Adela Glyn-Davies
Primož Vitez
Álvaro Sanchis
TBA

Talk
Bojan Hadžihalilović
Talk
Gennaro Ascione
Talk
Adela Glyn-Davies
Group work
13:00-14:00
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
9:30-11:00
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
14:00-18:00
Group work
Group work
Group work
Group work
Presentations
19:00
Opening event

Keynote speaker
Dominique Sciamma

Performans
Pole (Stefan Betke)

Game night
@prulček bar

Party
DJ Mondo Cinematico
Experts

Dominique Sciamma
A Director and Dean of CY School of Design, with a diverse career spanning AI research, software development, and design pedagogy. He is a determined promoter of transformative design.

Pole (Stefan Betke)
A German electronic music artist, producer and mastering engineer commonly associated with the glitch genre as well as dubtronica.

Bojan Hadžihalilović
A Sarajevo-based creative director, known for founding TRIO, a design group that created iconic anti-war posters during the Bosnian War. He works as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.

Gennaro Ascione
A researcher in social theory, history of ideas and the epistemology of social sciences at the University of Naples l’Orientale.

Marina Klemenčič
A biochemist and a biotechnologist. She is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana and currently works for Novartis.

Rok Kranjc
An eco-social researcher, translator, editor, and founder of Futurescraft, focusing on alternative economies and experiential futures.

Álvaro Sanchis
A professor and researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Adela Glyn-Davies
A cross-disciplinary visual artist and designer specialising in systems and interactions.
Team

Boštjan Botas Kenda
Maja Drobne
Borut Jerman
Jernej Kejžar
Marina Klemenčič
Emil Kozole
Ana Markežič
Sigrid Bürstmayr
Birgit Bachler
Daniel Fabry
Ivica Mitrović
Design mentors

Ivica Mitrović
Head of the Visual Communication Department at the Arts Academy, University of Split. He is dealing with speculative scenarios of the near future.

Sigrid Buerstmayr
Specialist in exhibition design and sustainable design and teaches at FH JOANNEUM.

Nejc Prah
Freelance designer working mostly within the cultural sector and teaches at UL ALUO.

Emil Kozole
Designer working with emerging technologies and teaches at UL ALUO.

Key facts

Admissions

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The course costs 300 eur. It includes all the materials, excursions, coffee breaks and lunch for the duration of the summer school. Participants are expected to organize their own travel & accommodation.

Who can participate?

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Anyone who would like to deepen their understanding of the reasons behind the current hype surrounding cohabitation.

Participants are not expected to be experts in the field of visual communication; on the contrary, researchers from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities are invited to participate. There is also no restriction in terms of status: MSc and PhD students are welcome, as are creatives and entrepreneurs working in various fields who want to expand their expertise with knowledge at the intersection of design and science.

The language of this Summer School is English, so a good command of spoken and written English is expected.

How to apply and when to expect the participation to be confirmed?

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To start, please complete the application form which includes your contact details and a short CV which should give us some initial information about your background. Within the application, you will also be asked to answer a specific question designed to immerse you in the field of Subversive realities and prepare you for the experiences that await you at Summer School. Applications are open until June 2nd and you will be notified by June 12th 2024 if your application was successful. All further information will follow after that.

What will be the outcomes of the Design+Science Summer School?

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The aim of this Summer School is to sharpen participants' knowledge, skills, understanding and intelligence in this emerging field through guided training over the duration of Summer School.

Participants will be expected to present their part-projects on the last day of Summer School as well as turn in their completed work afterwards. All projects will be included in a book. For the successful completion of the programme, participants who are students can receive 3 ECTS credits.

Applications for 2024 edition are now open until June 2nd 2024
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Contact
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