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MA Graphic Design student Ningli Zhu is artist in residence in Berlin

Ningli Zhu, student at the Master of Graphic Design at AKV|St.Joost will take up residency in Berlin this November.

The residency in Berlin, Dérive Berlin, is a residency awarded by Belius Foundation Berlinarrow in collaboration with Caradt.

Ningli Zhu
Ningli Zhu has an academic background of Art and Graphic design in China Academy of Art. She also studied the master Information Design at the Design Academy, Eindhoven. Ningli has working experience in public media and entertainment industry. Recently, she brings focus on storytelling through multimedia narratives.

Research proposal
During her residency Ningli Zhu  research proposal is The city as an interface. She writes in her research proposal the following:

“The philosopher Alva Noë once said that cities could be read as habits that have taken physical shapes. Since we are now experiencing the city through the interfaces on our screens and through the algorithms designed by the so-called intelligence, we could understand a city as interface.

Berlin, a city with post-industrial style architecture, nice nature area as well as the unforgettable history. It is a “sexy” city with multi-culture and community, which attracts many young people. Then, what is and how to build humanity in such a big modern city? Based on the principle of “Serendipity” and Modernology, I will explore the city in vivid daily life, build and discover the “interface” for different communities.”

Residency
Dérive Berlin is intended as a residency allowing the artist or designer to immerse her/himself in the creative urban space of the German capital in order to generate new impulses for their artistic/aesthetic work. Students from the master studies of AKV|St.Joost can yearly apply for the residency.

Dérive Berlin Spring School
Besides the residency for masterstudents, there is also annually a Dérive Berlin Spring School for bachelorstudents. Participants immerse themselves for a week in Berlin to increase their research skills and capabilities and gain momentum for their own creative work.

Derive Berlin Residency & Spring School

Dérive Berlin Residency is a two month residency awarded twice a year by Belius Foundation Berlin in collaboration with the Cultural and Creative Industries chair at Caradt. 

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‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology, and is a tutor at the Master Institute for Visual Cultures.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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