Graduation Show Podcasts

DAE students reflect upon their graduation journeys, offering insights into the research process behind their work; the difficult and joyous moments, the hurdles they faced, and how they overcame them.
The Design Research podcast series aims to illuminate how students operate within and beyond the walls of the Academy, and how they relate their personal experiences with discourses in and beyond the design field. Beyond visual representation, conversations enable an encounter with the process behind the work, drawing out learnings across departments and contributing to a broader conversation on design research.
The podcasts are an initiative of the Knowledge Circle (Research Group) of Design Academy Eindhoven, in collaboration with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee.
Throughout the Graduation Show the projects below are marked with the Podcast icon. These projects have been selected for showing a high level of research within varied approaches and methods. Listen to the short audio documentaries via smart phone on this page, or, or on the MP3 players in the exhibition.
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On Subjectivity and Artificial Intelligence
Vera van der Burg (Contextual Design MA) in conversation with Agata Jaworska and Arif Kornweitz
Vera van der Burg speaks of her educational background in neuroscience, and her struggle in bridging gaps between science and design as they are understood at the department of Contextual Design. What tools, languages, and other tactics enabled her to create a meaningful exchange, and produce a work that would resonate in her department, and speak to a broader audience? Her quest resulted in an installation Still life that speaks to the core of human-machine differences, based on the binary logic that continues to pin subjectivity opposite to objectivity. Will machines ever be able to emulate a human understanding of things, and is that even desirable?
Tags: ArtificialIntelligence AI Objectrecognition Subjectivity Emotion Stilllife Chair Trojanhorse ContextualDesign

On Borders
Irakli Sabekia (Leisure, BA) and Axel Coumans (Food Non Food, BA) in conversation with Agata Jaworska and Arif Kornweitz
Can borders ever do justice to that which they contain? Irakli Sabekia with his project Voicing Borders and Axel Coumans with his project Streaming Sandwaves concern themselves with various injustices that borders are bound up with. By turning the Russian-Georgian barbed-wire fence border into a radio transmitter that emits in Morse code the names of the Georgian towns that have been erased due to Russian occupation, Irakli Sabekia subverts a weapon of occupation into a tool for voicing a protest against itself. With a self-made machine that scans ripples left in the sand by a retreating tide and translates them into an audible signal, Axel Coumans underlies the integrity of the North Sea, with the longer-term ambition of contributing to the recognition of the North Sea as a political entity. Through inventive technical interventions, both projects enable alternative readings of border regions, and voice perspectives that for too long have gone unheard.
Tags: Borderregion Occupation Memory Emancipation Legalrecognition Coding Language Georgia EmbassyoftheNorthSea

On Voice and Democracy
Louise Gholam (Leisure, BA) in conversation with Agata Jaworska and Arif Kornweitz
A radio-cum-backpack, the project Hackacity is a response to the political system of democracy, which often can feel removed from the voices of the people it represents. How can constituents of a city have a stronger voice in the decisions that are made on their behalf, particularly in so-called ‘smart’ city developments, where in initiatives like Stratumseind Living Lab passively detect the motion and voices of pedestrians, but tend not to involve their voice in decision-making processes? Through conversations that are broadcasted on local radio stations, Louise Gholam engages citizens and asks how they feel towards issues that are shaping their city. Diplomatic actor, and link between citizens and institutions, Louise speaks of a process that she continuously needed to reshape, adapting her ambitions based on the reality on the street. In part inspired by vocal political engagements she witnessed while growing up in Lebanon, Louise also reflects upon the role that cultural backgrounds are made to play at the Academy, and the difficulties of being a translator between two contexts.
Please note: This is the second graduation project of Louise, which is not present at the Graduation Show.
Tags: Democracy Voice Storytelling Interviewing Radio Citydevelopment Smartcity Eindhoven Onomatopee RaRaRadio

On Whiteness
Héloïse Charital (Design Curating & Writing, MA) and Baiba Soma (Well Being, BA) in conversation with Liesbeth Fit and Arif Kornweitz
Whiteness is a construct that maintains credence in contemporary society. From the illusion that white products are newer, safer, more hygienic, and somehow more “pure”, to the false assertion that Ancient Greek sculptures were and are supposed to be white, whiteness is a myth that not only promotes throw-away consumerism, but also erases history, fuels white supremacy, and incites racist violence.

In different ways, Héloïse Charital with her project When is White, White Enough? and Baiba Soma with her project Expired White problematise the signification of whiteness. By staging a re-enactment of the infamous “cleaning” of the Parthenon sculptures by the British Museum at the late 1930s, Héloïse Charital brings the subtle violence enacted through the Museum’s maintenance activities to the fore. By salvaging discarded white consumer goods, and transforming them into “new” products, Baiba Soma challenges the prevailing mentality that perpetuates throw-away consumerism. They speak of their sources, their understandings of research and materialisation, and their publics. Two contrasting examples of “digging into whiteness”, the conversation points to the necessity of gaining greater literacy and awareness of the continued belief in whiteness.

Tags: Curating Re-use Colour ParthenonMarbles BritishMuseum ElginMarbles Whitewashing

On Mythical Animals of the Food Industry
Anne Kamps (Food Non Food, BA) in conversation with Liesbeth Fit and Arif Kornweitz
Anne Kamps was struck by the mystery of an alleged six-winged chicken used for the fast food industry. Could this animal really exist? Through visiting farms and other institutes within the food industry she ‘discovered’ more mythical animals that in their specific forms each talk about the possibilities and challenges of the meat industry. In her project The Six Winged Chicken and other Mythical Animals of the Food Industry she uses the format of a children’s book to describe the mythical world of animals that might be found today.
Tags: FoodIndusty FastFood Myths Farmlife MeatIndusty BioIndustry Animals Meat Agriculture

On design communicating about abstract phenomena
Marianne Drews (Social Design, MA) and Camilla Kennedy (Information Design, MA) in conversation with Liesbeth Fit and Arif Kornweitz
This podcast was recorded during the Dutch Design week in the Design Academy’s Arena. Both Camilla Kennedy and Marianne Drews address abstract and hard to grasp topics in their graduation work. Camilla Kennedy’s project The best descriptor is Fuzziness deals with the representation of quantum gravity while Marianne Drews discusses a possible future peak soil in her project Soils in Residency. We talked about how design can bridge communicating about these abstract or even invisible phenomena and how to make them visible, understandable or even experienceable to an audience. What role can design play in representing or complementing science?
Tags: Soil QuantumGravity Fuzziness PeakSoil Representation Chromatography, Resource, Embodiment

On Popular Culture, Norms and Values
Crys Leung (Communication, BA), Felicity Morris (Social Design, MA) and Lara Chapman (Design Curating and Writing, MA) in conversation with Agata Jaworska and Arif Kornweitz
How do we participate, and how are we implicated, in the production and circulation of narratives that shape certain norms and values? In the project Through the Emoji Looking Glass, Lara Chapman creates an augmented tour of the Rijksmuseum, exploring cultural battles that transcend a collection of historic artworks and emoji. In Confident Face Swap, Crys Leung photoshops her face onto the models featured in the September issues of 50 years of Vogue in order to mimic the standard of beauty propagated by the magazine. In Post-Bed-Post, Felicity Morris creates a self-broadcasting bed that live streams to Instagram, turning an intimate object into a site for public broadcasting. From the supposed privacy of our bedroom to the public museum, the projects manifest various techniques of infiltrating and inhabiting mediascapes—from imitation to superimposition and augmentation—as possible modes of critical engagement and commentary.
Tags: Vogue Instagram Emoji Rijksmuseum Bed Fashion Confidence Media Symbols Collections