The Non Linear Narrative master programme at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) merges investigative methods of journalism and forensics with processing technologies of computer science and visual arts into a contemporary, progressive design approach: the non-linear storytelling. It takes the entanglement of relations in the global information society as a starting point, in order to identify and interrogate complex socio-political issues and communicate them to a broad audience.

The programme repositions the graphic design discipline in the changing professional landscape and extends it with new responsibilities towards society. This year’s graduation show presents under the title Please Elaborate, the final projects of 12 young and emerging designers. To elaborate means ( ) to interpret, to experiment, to comment, to expand, to develop, to work out, to compare, to amplify, to improve, to enlarge, to complicate, to specify…

Spanning a range of media, exhibition formats and disciplines, the show pieces cover a multitude of subjects in order to unravel and demonstrate their complexities. As such, Please Elaborate is not only the title of the exhibition, but also the question the recent graduates often asked themselves in the process of making their works. In doing so, they responded with thoughtful and engaging comments to contemporary issues of gender equality, post-truth politics, sound pollution, global warming and neurodiversity. If you aren’t able to see the show in person, the exhibition will be also translated into a digital experience on this website and a series of video interviews. Stay tuned via nln.kabk.nl

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Who Showed You The Ropes?
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Blandine Molin - Who Showed You The Ropes?
Can one express artistic freedom with simple terms?
(Who Showed You The Ropes?) is a reflection on artistic freedom and (self)-censorship inspired by contemporary poetry, hip hop and shadow theatre. « …and I’ll keep doing it for the days you want to die when animated movies are the only illusion of life yeah, no matter what they say, for the days you don’t have faith, the days you would even fail to believe in yourself. This is public domain, benefits any of us Also let eccentrics talk and please do not shut up! If critic is his ego-trip, leave Grumpy with his own, can only advise him to turn back into Calderon… Who has the tools in hand, can’t it be more explicit? How do you get me to dance even in times of defeat? Misery and Poetry like to shake hands in the mud… Could there even be silence, isn’t every maker an artist? »
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