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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Jan-Johan Draaistra (?)
HYDRORADIO
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Jan-Johan Draaistra - HYDRORADIO
Can one develop sensory devices to both record and transmit the vibrations and frequencies emitted by the unseen infrastructure situated in the North Sea?
The sea is becoming a place that is increasingly inhabited by people. HYDRORADIO is a platform for monitoring both natural and anthropogenic sounds in response. It addresses the sonic ecology created by increasing human activity, formed by oceanic traffic, sonar activities and industrial extraction. This invisible sonic infrastructure affects both the orientation and communication of non-human life forms. HYDRORADIO platform is controlled by self-developed (radio) buoys that act as speakers of the North Sea. They broadcast underwater sounds from various locations around the Dutch coast via a live radio link. Visitors are invited to experience and interpret underwater sounds, vibrations and frequencies emitted by the unseen sonic infrastructures in the installation. In addition, the platform functions as an open-source action, which stands for the development of self-made tools, which enable the collection of local data as an alternative to the already existing, often non-public data extracted by sensory networks in our oceans that are involved in international governmental activities.
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