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The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing gathers narratives about dance as an instrument of change, culminating in an interactive digital archive. It aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the relevance of dance culture as a coping mechanism and a political phenomenon.
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Graphic Elisava 2020

Lots of things tend to happen during a graphic.elisava master’s program. Mountains of research. Maybe one or two existential crises. Designing so much that you have nightmares about mismatched hex codes.

In some weird twist of fate, this year’s biggest ‘thing’ ended up being a global pandemic. We were forced to embrace digitalism over presentialism, do more with less, and channel disillusionment into positivity. In school, the lesson comes before the test, but life often takes the opposite approach. We think we’re better for it.

PLATFORM AND IDENTITY

For this year’s degree show we decided to continue the digitalist lifestyle that we’ve come to know. Pills replace name tags, thumbnails replace handshakes, and ingenuity replaces normality in order to illustrate how we view topics like “design ethics”, “comfort”, “manifestos”, and “freedom”.

About

This is graphic.elisava’s digital Degree Show. Find out more about the program at graphic.elisava.net

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to this year’s students in the Graphic Design and the Editorial Design master’s degrees. The 2020 graphic.elisava Degree Show – both the platform and the campaign that precedes it – wouldn’t have been possible without the indefatigable work of a group of design students making time for it in the middle of their end-of-year presentations.

On the typeface

Thanks to Non Foundry for letting us use their Non®Natural Grotesk throughout the website and campaign of this digital Degree Show.

Visit nonfoundry.com to find out more about their work.

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The Politics of Dancing

Dance as
an instrument
of change

The Politics of Dancing gathers narratives about dance as an instrument of change, contributing to a deeper understanding of dance culture as a coping mechanism and a political phenomenon.

Reading dance

The Politics of Dancing’s primary channel is the website. It works as an archive of interactive narratives that are developed in collaboration between researchers and creatives.
The launching story, Standing but not Still, is a reflection on the rebellious nature of dance.

The visual identity revolves around the attempt to describe and measure movement while borrowing elements from sheet music. Image treatment provides a cohesive language while celebrating different cultures.

As an independent and collaborative project, the community is crucial to The Politics of Dancing. There are three ways to get involved—by subscribing to the newsletter, joining The Politics of Dancing research group, or donating.

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