We are happy to present the work of 32 graduates of 2022 in the Graphic Design department at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. We love to think, act, research and design.
Typography for Typography for Total[?] Control Matas Buckus
How can the presence public signage can be seen as a depiction of the condition and ideas of current Western society? An analysis of the conception, birth and various life stages of the materialized, utterly practical tool of control, alongside possible implications behind inevitable human and environmental intervention. How do these state owned urban graphics coexist with other visual aspects of both the physical and digital public space? Alternate interpretations of common signage are explored through case studies.
Matter of Perspectives
Becoming Matter: a Becoming Matter: a Matter of Perspectives Camila Chebez
Rock climbing, through close interaction and a phenomenological and memory-based perception of space, aids us to escape the monocular stare where the viewer experiences an apparent mastery of the visible world.
We have entered the era of neuropolitics, which is a novel technology of governing that invades the synaptic network of the brain. It is dominated by the discourse on neuroplasticity, the capacity that allow the brain to mold, (re)generate, and adapt itself structurally in its functioning. Claiming the brain as a highly under-utilized organ and describing its cognitive potentiality as limitless.
Patiently its Return
The Sea Awaits The Sea Awaits Patiently its Return Szymon Hernik
I use diving as a metaphor to talk about discourses surrounding the subject of water(y bodies) in order to contextualize knowledge produced when thinking with and through it (water). I’m looking closely and take apart many stages that diving is constituted of and what is probably the most important the many forms of states of submersion and dissolving of boundaries. Further I attend other activities like the process of writing, reading, translating, that allow for entering states alike.
Against the Micro Against the Micro Voyeuristic Epoch Eunseo Hyun
The use of voyeuristic desire as a tempting fish hook in visual media has a rich history, although it is typically presented via the heterocentric male gaze, which fits with social norms. Is there any other way to accommodate varied points of view if it is impossible to escape from voyeuristic desire?
Swimming in Swimming in Categorization Hyeonjeong Joo
In order to have the right direction of design without prejudice, we need to recognize the danger of categorical thinking that can result in wrong ideas. I looked into how categorization amplifies conflicts in a culture with strong collectivism like Korea, through history and my personal experience. This research was conducted hoping that it will be used as a tool for reflection on categorical thinking and give readers an opportunity to think about the direction of design in this inevitability.
Emir Karyo Yoaf
The thesis investigates the ‘childish’ obsessions and corrupt behaviour of a (few) (remarkable) politicians and the artefacts that they leave behind with asking: How does a capitalist, state-funded, absurdist art movement, become the unintended visual language of corruption? These artefacts vary from sculptures which I call ‘Political Talismans’ to worlds largest abandoned theme park, laying in the middle of Turkey. While analysing these two parallel topics as a new artistic movement, I find overlapping points in terms of their unique aesthetics with ‘bootlegs, heterotopias and plastic modernity.’
The Serendipity The Serendipity in Disorientation Binnie Kwon
How does losing direction in uncanny bring serendipitous discovery? Existing notions around uncanny are mostly unpleasant or negative — its boundaries are uncertain. This thesis explores the uncanny as the opened door that allows unplanned changes to come inside.
Light in the Midst of
Melancholic Inspiration: Melancholic Inspiration: Light in the Midst of Misery Eunji Lee
In my thesis, I want to explore the correlation between depression(or in a broader sense: mental illness) and creativity with references of studies and some arguments of philosophers in history.
Scenes of Our Intimate,
Dreaming: Behind the Dreaming: Behind the Scenes of Our Intimate, yet Collective Sofia Nikolaeva
Dreamers and dream world explored through: historical protocols of dream sharability, theory of thought suppression, notion of cinematic - oneiric image and the formation of collective dreamscapes with the influence of artificial intelligence.
We Give Our Young
The "Western" Gods The "Western" Gods We Give Our Young Jonas Paberžis
What are the current most prominent values we propagate and worship in video games? Investigating how our value systems and, in an allegorical sense, the pantheon of worshiped gods has been redesigned, reinvented, or remained the same as before in our currently most dominant, both in use and profit, new medium – video games. By exploring the history and social aspects of worship in religion and mythology up to the modern day, followed by a brief history and present context of video games in “western” society, and concluding with the analysis of selected datasets and contemporary references to refine and isolate the values most common and present in this newly emerging coded field, that are then recontextualised and portrayed as “a pantheon of deities”.
Ideas and a Tree
with Real People, Their
Fictional Conversations Fictional Conversations with Real People, Their Ideas and a Tree Matteo Pellegrini
Confronting the reality of the professional design practice. An exploration into alternative ways of living, organising and designing together. Rethinking the values imposed by Capitalism and Neoliberalism.
Every day we pass by fossils from as early as 541 million years ago which are ingrained in our urban architecture and public art. But how did these biological remains of prehistoric life get trapped in our man-made landscapes? Why did they lose their historical significance and at one point become a part of a construction material? More importantly, how does their meaning change within the forms they are adapted to?
The Unfolding Flower
The Unfolding Flower
The history of the plant known as Lupinus Nootkatensis in Iceland is a case study of struggle at various levels. The analysis of a specific case such as the Lupina will serve as an introduction to a global phenomenon — adaptation to ecosystem imbalance. Through deconstructing the anatomy of the plant, by examining its physical properties and by redefining events and making new associations, I would like to introduce an array of interrelated topics that mirror to some extent the complexity of ecosystems themselves.
The Unspoken Part The Unspoken Part of Communication Chloé Thiebaut
In opposition to the “written” and “spoken” words, I am interested in the perception of my “own body” : how this body works, what visual signals do I send with it, and how to translate the body experience into a communication system in order to interact with others.
Objections of Objections of Objectified Objects Thora Thøgersen
Three stories of humans kinship with objects written from the perspective of the objects. With the aim to understand how how our natural desire to express ourself through marital things are rooted in unhealthy consumption habits, which is connected to climate change. Furthermore how awareness of ‘Thing-power’ can not only help you get to know yourself, but also create resistance against capitalism therefore lower our impact on the climate.
The Desirable Future(s)
Cloud Chasers: Towards Cloud Chasers: Towards The Desirable Future(s) Paulina Trzeciak
Using the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe as a starting point, my thesis investigates how oppressed, capitalistic desires have exploded in post-communist Poland. I wonder, how did the images flooding into the visual culture during the Polish transformation support the capitalist change by providing points of reference? Through the lens of marriage rite I therefore draw a methapor of Poland uncritically trying to catch up with the West and adjust to the logic of capitalism.
Specter of Reality : Specter of Reality : Bro(c)ken Perception Weronika Uyar
The reality we exist in is an uncanny illusion created in our minds. We view the layers of the world through optical lenses in our disposal with the purpose of achieving cognitive closure and having a precise delineation of momentarily illuminated phenomena such as the Brocken Specter. In my thesis, the main protagonist being the Specter of Brocken, I take you through a little journey through the cloud presenting divergent narratives on reality perception.
Beyond Spectacular, Beyond Spectacular, Made Vernacular Charlotte van Alfen
Vernacular is defined as an informal visual - a spoken language that belongs to a specific group of people. I am curious, what is the role of vernacular design within graphic design and communication?
in the Age of Internet
The Declaration of War The Declaration of War in the Age of Internet Paolo Vigliotti
“Special military operation”; “dispute likely to lead to rupture”; “overseas contingency operation”; “disputes or conflict of whatever nature or origin”; “external aggression”; “resort/recourse to war”; “threat of war”; “act of war”; “event of war”.
Topography of Violence
Topography of Violence
My thesis titled “Topography of Violence” places an analogy between the individual and our collective memory through sites that have witnessed ethnic and historical cleansing. My research question concentrates on how the culture of memorizing and remembering is performed, or purposely not performed, through the site of the incident. In order to put face to the discussion, this thesis takes a closer look at the case study of the Babyn Yar Massacre in Ukraine that took place in the year 1941.
Make-Believe : Fantastyka Make-Believe : Fantastyka Magazine Archive Jan Wojda
Fantastyka — the first magazine to strictly popularise fantasy and sci-fi in communist Poland. I am the lucky owner of the whole collection, which I studied from cover to cover. It was being created by a large community of young people back then. I am researching how they were escaping to the fantasy world and how the magazine changed over the years.
Long Story Short
Long Story Short
Long Story Short studies the notion of non-traditional storytelling and how the mediation of experiences on social media has influenced social reality. Throughout the research I found myself particularly interested in the dynamics between the speaker and their audience.
Füsun Türetken / Dirk Vis / Ruben Pater / François Girard-Meunier / Thomas Buxo
Web design by Radina Yotova
Royal Academy of Art
The Hague 2022