- 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2016
The Design Displacement Group (DDG) claims an imaginative territory that spans time, place, discipline, culture, gender and nationality. The group consists of sixteen members collaborating in shifting constellations across a range of projects that take form (in real time) through commissioned client projects, self-initiated works and open-form workshops. DDG practices a working method that should be read as collective and post-signature; a mechanism to reflect, refract and speculate upon alternative frameworks for ‘productive’ engagement and exchange.
During the 27th Brno Biennial, the Design Displacement Group re-appropriates the narrative format of the opera. The four grand themes of this opera (and any other tragedy) being love, jealousy, ambition and revenge are the basis of our story exploring the theatrics and performative requirements of a design practice. These narratives unfold through an immersive audio-visual presentation depicting scenes rich with intrigue, gossip and speculation.
This event is a part of the Off Programme – open space devoted to workshops, interventions, and other presentations and activities related to graphic design. The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.
Design Displacement Group (DDG) was founded after a discussion with a group of designers and a social scientist from various disciplines, levels, cultures and nationalities in July 2014. Design Displacement Group is a collective exploring the future of design, both in practice and in thought. Collaborating on different, often self-initiated projects in changing compositions, DDG claims imaginative fictional design territory in order to open up the fields of design thinking and doing. RÉCALling The Artist Placement Group lead by John Latham and Barbara Steveni, in the 60’s, DDG finds their notion of ‘placement’ to reposition the role of the artist within a wider social context. DDG shares an interest in this approach, but instead considers the idea of ‘dis’-placement. They exploit the axes of time, space and location to critically reflect back on the practices of (graphic) design today. Design Displacement Group is interested in design’s collective thinking and in developing new ways and methods of working collaboratively and simultaneously, mainly while working online. This process leaves behind the ‘autograph’ of the graphic designer to a collective kaleidoscopic junction. DDG constantly lets things go and accepts failure by doing so. This gives an enormous amount of freedom which is difficult to find in an individual practice. DDG uses graphic design as a tool for communication but more importantly as a playtool, with which they try to challenge an own discourse. Humour is a sort of subversive strategy in the visual language of DDG. Design Displacement Group is an elastic formation, the amount of people contributing and the ways of working and attacking a project of assignment, is always changing.
The Off Programme is conceived as an open space for workshops, interventions and other graphic design presentations. Following the success of its launch in the previous edition, this time it will be primarily focused on exhibition projects.
The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.