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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A Foolish Pleasure in Wicked Schemes
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Jeroen van den Bogaert - A Foolish Pleasure in Wicked Schemes
How does the manly behaviour of current times compare that of times before?
A Foolish Pleasure of Wicked Schemes is a project departing from an ambiguous relationship with the subject of masculinity, that creator Jeroen van den Bogaert encountered within himself and other young men around him. He describes this relationship as one that involves a dilemma. “There appears to be a general consensus, which seems to be more evident in progressive circles than conservative ones, that certain masculine structures can be detrimental for everyone involved. Yet, the behaviour specifically resulting from these structures still seems to be attractive to some of the same people who share this consensus.” It is a type of behaviour that causes sedition, spectacle, drama, repulsion and various other sentiments. “On the one hand, it is concerning and I take exception to it. On the other, it interests me and I feel attracted to it. It stands for a sense of freedom, “no one can tell me what to do”. However, it can be deemed reckless, and raise questions whether this freedom comes at the expense of others.” From that vantage point the project offers a look into various expressions of masculine behaviour. In the form of a visual analysis, audio interviews and a series of tapestries, it intends to start a conversation, prompting inquiries such as: Where lies the genesis of this behaviour? How long has it been revered? To what extent has it changed in time, or has it remained the same? - and many others.
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