Design
Science Summer School
Ljubljana
11—15 July 2022
COHABITATION
University of Ljubljana, University of Split, FH Joanneum & PiNA
An estimated 8.7 million species populate planet Earth today. We, humans, are the only representatives of at least eight other human species that existed with us 300,000 years ago. Due to our imperative of progress, we are in the process of wiping out one species after another, making us, humans, the dominant species on this planet. In this Design+Science Summer School, we will explore the three aspects of the emerging human monoculture: relationships within our species and their consequences, especially in the fields of architecture and urban design, ecological impact on our interactions with nature and other living beings, and finally our interaction with technology and artificial systems. We are here to live together, not just to coexist, don't you think?

Applications are now closed.
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 will include workshops, guest lectures, tours and other activities.

Summer school approach is based on the multidisciplinary group work and it is open to participants not only from design field/background, but also for all related practices, i.e. architecture, contemporary art, IT, social sciences, natural sciences and others, both for master and PhD students and professionals in the early stages of the career. 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 will take place in person at various locations in Ljubljana, Slovenia with Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana being the main venue.

Admissions

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

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.

There are 8 free grants available for freelance (self-employed), small organizations and students. Applicants should indicate on the application form whether they would like to be considered for this support. 

For the students from University of Split and FH Joanneum there is no course fee. They should contact their Universities regarding the traveling and accommodation fee. 

Topic:

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Programme
MON
TUE
WED @Offsite
THU
FRI
9:00-9:30
Check-in
Check-in
Check-in
Check-in
9:30-11:00
Introduction
Summer school kickoff
Lecture
Marta Fernandez Guardado
At the table and in bed Objects and human relations
Lecture
Ivica Mitrović
Resilience, future, speculations
Lecture
Horst Hörtner
Ars Electronica Center
Workshop
How to design a good pitch
11:00-11:30
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
Coffee break
11:30-13:00
Round table
panel members
Ivica Mitrovič
Sigrid Mayer
Birgit Bachler
Marta Fernandez Guardado
Igor Štiks
moderated by Karl Stocker
Step into the topic of Cohabitation
Lecture
Igor Štiks
The Challenge of Cohabitation in the Age of Hypochondria
Lecture
Becky Sobell
Some Kind of Nature
Lecture
Julian Hanna
Crap futures + manifestos
Finishing the work in groups
13:00-14:00
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
14:00-18:00
Group work


Online evaluation
Group work


Online evaluation
Group work


Online evaluation
Group work


Online evaluation
Project presentations
19:00
Official opening

AV performance
Lifecutter - Sub Persona

Party
@Cankarjev dom
Movie night
@ALUO

Party
@ALUO

Programme:

CET
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
9.00
Intro to
summer school
@UL Aluo
Lecture
Karl Friehs
@UL Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Lecture
Aleš Pustovrh
@UL Aluo
Field trip / Studio work
Mentors
to HEKA lab
@Koper
Studio work
Mentors
@UL Aluo
10.00
Lecture
Andrea Petrini
@UL Aluo
Workshop
Marina Klemenčič
@UL Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Lecture
Chris Baldwin
@UL Aluo
11.00
Informal mingle and getting to know each other
11:30—13:30
Workshop
Sholeh Johnston
@UL Aluo
12.00—
14.00
Lunch
Lunch
13.30—14.30
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
14.00—
17.00
Lecture
Giulia Soldati

Workshop
Jorg Zupan &
Dan Mrevlje
@Kitchen of Breg restaurant
Studio work
Mentors
@UL Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Studio work
Mentors
@UL Aluo
Studio work
Mentors
@Koper
Presentations
@UL Aluo
Experts

Horst Hörtner
is a media artist and researcher. He is an expert in design of Human-Computer Interaction and holds several patents in this field.

Julian Hanna
is Assistant Professor of Culture Studies at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. His work focuses on intersections between culture, politics, and technology.

Igor Štiks
is an award-winning writer and political science scholar investigating the topic of citizenship and nationalism in the Balkans.

Marta Fernandez Guardado
is an architect designer, teacher and researcher based in Berlin, focusing on design-driven research: a thing-based exploration into personal space.

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.

Becky Sobell
Masters lead in Landscape Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture, and atelier lead for Some Kind of Nature which responds to the twin climate and biodiversity crises.

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.

Team

Boštjan Botas Kenda
Marina Klemenčič
Borut Jerman
Maja Drobne
Ana Markežič
Emil Kozole
Karl Stocker
Sigrid Bürstmayr
Andrea Schlacher
Ivica Mitrović

Key facts:

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 cohabitation and prepare you for the experiences that await you at Summer School. Applications are open until June 5th and you will be notified by June 10th 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.

2021 Edition (Synthetic foods)

Making tortellini from jet fuel is a concept that is no longer rocket science. Due to the limited availability of natural food sources and with accelerating developments in DNA manipulation in biotechnology, lab foods are emerging as a future reality. Are humans ready for such a transformation? In this Design+Science Summer School, we examined the framework of the food industry using avant-garde tools and concepts of visual communication and explored the possible consequences of synthetic food becoming a reality. Experts from the first edition included Andrea Petrini - Restaurant Critic & Food Curator, Jorg Zupan Head - chef at Michelin winning restaurant in Ljubljana, Karl Friehs - Head of the Institute for Fermentation Engineering at Bielefeld University and many others.

Applications are now closed.
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