Callum Copley is a researcher and writer based in Amsterdam and the UK, examining how emerging technologies constitute new forms of political and cultural domination. His work uses fiction as a method to propose alternative futures with which to enact radical change in the present. He is also co-founder of ‘Schemas of Uncertainty’ an ongoing research initiative exploring the role of prediction in contemporary digitized society.
Tommaso Anceschi (1994, Milan) is currently the designer/intern in residence at DDFP in Birzeit. He will be graduating from his MA in Communication and Design for Publishing at I.S.I.A Urbino, in Italy.
During the internship he is focusing mainly on the graphic design and photography side, re-designing the identity of Hosh Jalsa, the new stunning DDFP building, from the logo to the building signage, also giving shape to the social media channels with weekly updates of the in-house events.
He is also giving four workshops under the name “Collective Thinking Design Program” in collaboration with Mirelle van Tulder (ITA). The workshops aim to involve mainly the student community from Birzeit University in a process of collective thinking and design knowledge. Collective Thinking Design Program is created to stimulate an assertive mentality to initiate, trust and collaborate, based on shared values and talents.
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Mirelle van Tulder (1988, Auckland) is currently the designer/intern in residence at DDFP in Birzeit. She will be graduating from her BA of Design at The University of the Arts, HKU, in The Netherlands. As part of her graduation project she is investigating how designers can make a beneficial contribution the a society living under occupation. As part of this research she is giving four workshops under the name “Collective Thinking Design Program” in collaboration with Tommaso Anceschi (ITA). The workshops aim to involve mainly the student community from Birzeit University in a process of collective thinking and design knowledge. Collective Thinking Design Program is created to stimulate an assertive mentality to initiate, trust and collaborate, based on shared values and talents. Mirelle is also helping with the production of DDFP’s ‘Old Newspaper bowls’ and with the technical instructions of all DDFP’s products made in Palestine.
Gaza camp is a refugee camp near Jerash, where almost 40,000 Palestinian refugees are living. They, their parents or grandparents, fled from Gaza in 1967, when Israel invaded the Gaza strip, which was at that time under Egyptian rule. These Palestinian refugees never received Jordanian citizenship. Until today they don’t have a national number and are therefore stateless. As such, they aren’t allowed to work, don’t have access to regular healthcare, and they can’t afford to further their education outside the camp. If they would like to get a job, they need to buy a working permit of 500 JOD (± € 600), which is only valid for 6 months. So for most people this doesn’t make any sense at all. One cannot understand how these people aren’t offered any way out, no right to return, no status, no opportunities, no future. These Palestinian refugees have lived under inhumane conditions for 50 years now.
Although we were aware that we were visiting one of the poorest camps in Jordan, nobody expected that the refugees struggle this much. We were silenced, speechless, saddened, angry, but above all we felt powerless and were struggling how to relate to this uncomfortable truth. Some felt really depressed, others were fighting with feelings of guilt for not taking enough action, and at the same time we felt unease in being part of a van with international visitors, being dropped at places in the camp to visit, watch and leave. It underlined our privileged position and the bubble we live in.
Sherida Kuffour is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from The Netherlands, where she currently studies an MA in Design at the Sandberg Instituut. As a multi-disciplinary designer, with experience in publishing, navigational design and branding, strategic approaches to projects and brand developments ensure a thorough and critical work process.
"As a designer, social and political subjects are my main interest. In my design process, I look at current situations and I speculate how that situation could have been different. It is not so much a working method as an attitude and a critical perspective. In every subject I search for a way to confront the public with a dilemma. In this confrontation I hope to challenge the public to think in a different way about the subject. I want them to question whether or not the scenario is real and serious or fictitious and ironic. A speculative attitude helps me in constructing a narrative about this possible present or future situation." (From ARNHEMSE NIEUWE 20x20 talk 2015)
As a designer and researcher Rebekka Fries monitors and frames, disconnected world views produced by mass and social media. Recently graduated with a Master in Design: Visual Strategies at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and currently based in Rotterdam.
Nour Nshweiat is the founder and designer of N Products, with 10 years of experience in home furnishing and product design. N Products are recycling abandoned items into home furniture and useful products. ‘Products with stories’ is the slogan of N products.