ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, and the University of the Arts The Hague, for the active communication of artistic research.

10 March 2020 / Alice Twemlow (ACPA/ KABK)- Design and the Deep Future

An evening program of short presentations and conversation with Alice Twemlow (Design Lector) and members of her Research Groups—Rachel Bacon (tutor in Fine Art,) Katrin Korfmann (tutor in Graphic Design,) and Niels Schrader (co-head, Graphic Design BA and Non-Linear Narrative MA.

In this evening program, Alice Twemlow introduced the theme of her lectorate, which acknowledges the connection between the slow-motion processes of the earth’s systems and the ephemeral products of our disposable design culture. “Design and the Deep Future" examines an array of historical, contemporary and speculative responses to design’s complicity with climate crisis, through topics such as: design and expanded timescales; radical matter; compositionism; future fossils; design and disposal; repair and adaptive re-use; digital detritus; nuclear waste; and space junk. She gave an overview of the project and introduced and engaged in conversation a selection of KABK tutors, who have participated in Research Groups, and who presented their own practice-based research relating to this theme: the relationship between mining and drawing; the relationship between waste sorting and the photographic production process; and the encroachment of digital pollution into the physical environment.


For information about the ARC series, organised by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University, please visit the ACPA website.