Subversion Redesign Political Graphics - Tzortzis Rallis
This residency is for UK-based practitioners working at the intersections of art, design and architecture who have an interest in critically investigating what constitutes the public sphere and in particular, its manifestations in the everyday urban environment. A collaboration between the British Council and Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), the residency began as part of the World Design Capital programme in 2012. Supported by and aligned with a core strand of programming at HIAP that engages with shifting notions and complexities of the public sphere, the residency focusses on providing opportunity for independent research, local networking and new collaboration.
In 2012 artist Julia Tcharfas was awarded the residency to work with Wayward Plants - a collective of designers, artists and urban growers who create botanical spaces for social exchange – to document contemporary relationships between nature and the man-made environment. This resulted in the sound composition Echo-System which performed live from inside the British Design Exhibition.
In 2013 designer Tzortzis Rallis’s project Public Acts expanded his on-going research of how contemporary social movements use visual languages to address demands in public spaces, digital platforms and networks, to the context of Helsinki - a city going through rapid urban change and welfare restructuring.
In 2014 Tobias Revell offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki based on the theme Take the Leap.
Then in 2015 Teresa Dillon researched into future plans for the city of Helsinki and proposed a free-to-use urban hut to be used by future tourists visiting the city.
Visit the HIAP website for more information about the project and its participants.