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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If I Can’t Hide, I Better Flourish
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Nelleke Broeze - If I Can’t Hide, I Better Flourish
Can one improve public space to also cater to feminist perspectives of it, based on earlier experiences?
If I Can’t Dance, It’s Not My Revolution is a short film and installation that questions the idea of autonomy in relation to public space. Nelleke Broeze explores this from her personal perspective as a woman. She says, "While growing up, I increasingly found myself in situations where I adjusted my movements in public space." In this film, she starts to wonder if that means that she is becoming further removed from herself. Because even though she has agency, we still lose our autonomy due to the subtle power structures. Curious as to whether she is the only one who feels this way, the filmmaker explores this with the help of other women. Throughout the film she is confronted with the desire to be invisible, which is deeply rooted in her. She is taken out of her comfort zone by the other womxn in various scenes, with one goal: how can women collectively defeat this system and redefine space?
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