Krisis | Orientation
Krisis | Orientation is the second volume of Krisis Magazine, a publication curated by Unità di crisi, between design, communication, art, visual culture and new languages.
Krisis | Orientation is dedicated to disorientation and to the crisis of orientative models.
Art is Open Source, Ruedi Baur, Bavo, Cantiere per Pratiche Non Affermative, Piera Chiuppani, DetroitUrbex, Hal Foster, Foundland, René König, Letra, Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg, Enrico Manera, Michele Metelli, Yana Milev, Filippo Minelli, Sosaku Myiazaki, Bruno 9li, Serena Osti, Merijn Oudenampsen, Paolo Patelli, Daniela Piscitelli, Marco Quaggiotto, Wolfgang Scheppe, Pavel Maria Smejkal, Société Réaliste, Unità di crisi, Utilità Manifesta, Müge Yilmaz, Evert Ypma.
The volume will be printed in 500 copies, both in Italian and English, and it will be co-published with Aiap Edizioni, publisher of AIAP, the Italian association for visual communication design.
Krisis | Orientation
15 x 21 cm
304 colour pages
Krisis | Orientation - front cover
Foundland, Speculative political expression, as observed through facebook
Letra, Archeology of the present
Enrico Manera, Memoria, violenza, utopia. Il mito come fattore di orientamento
Serena Osti, La rappresentazione della crisi economica nei quotidiani
Filippo Minelli, Google World
Bruno 9li, Astar and Suprema Meta
What is Unità di crisi?
The collective was born with the objective of developing a practical and theoretical discourse concerning the permanent crisis that, since decades by now, characterises modern societies, and the willing to highlight what it means to operate as a designer within this context.
With permanent crisis we indicate the situation of increasing instability that is typical of the contemporary world.
In the contemporary world, reference points that traditionally founded, supported and justified lifestyles, ideologies, institutions, hierarchies, have gradually crumbled, because of the speed with which changes in the technical-scientific, economic, social and cultural envioronment have occured.
In this "liquid modernity" the experience of the individual, as well as that of a more or less extensive community, is no longer given or based on a stable system of values or on a shared memory, instead it is continously wandering, continuously looking for new reference points.
Within this scenario, the role of the designer has become increasingly important, enough to say that the world we live in today is a world shaped by design: most of the things we do every day (work, move, eat, communicate, have fun) is in fact mediated by design.
Designers are those who in one way or another plan and shape things, both tangible and intangible ones, and thereby create new standards and value systems, they create new guidelines.
For this reason we are convinced of the importance that there is today of investing energy and resources in researching design. Investigating ways that determine relationships between people and between people and things; investigating the possibilities that modern systems of communication open to the people and those that are instead denied; imagining new communication approaches that give way to an idea of participatory and shared democracy; all of this goes through a research and critics of design and communication.
What does Unità di crisi do?
The research activities of Unità di crisi is made public and divulged (as well as on the web, through our website and social networks) through the publication of a non-periodic thematic volume, Krisis magazine. Each volume is dedicated to a subject related to the world of design, which today is in a critical position; around this specific emergency are thus collected documents and reflections.
Krisis magazine is designed in the form of the archive, or a folder that hosts contributions, specific projects, interviews and research. Each publication seeks to create a path and a discourse between heterogeneous and multiform elements in reference to the main topic of the publication, with the aim of building constellations of meaning, starting from a multitude of particular elements, and thus offering new perspectives and possibilities of interpretation.
In addition, each publication maintains a multidisciplinary approach, collecting contributions ranging from communication design to journalism, from art to photography, from architecture and spatial design to the transmission of culture, trying to reach an heterogeneous and diverse audience.
The first volume, Krisis | Identities, was published in October 2010. Subject of the book was the crisis of identity, or rather the crisis of representation models of identity, a vast and complicated subject that sees the participation, among others, of Experimental Jetset, Metahaven, Wu Ming, Evert Ypma, Jonmar Van Vlijmen, Yana Milev, Stewart Home, Brave New Alps, Nicolò Degiorgis, Collectif_fact, Sosaku Myiazaki.
Krisis | Identities was self-published and partly self-funded. The volume has received excellent feedback both in the academic context and in that of contemporary art.
Krisis | Identities - front cover
Krisis | Identities - map
Unità di crisi - A crisis is an unexpected discontinuity
Jonmar Van Vlijmen - Europe, our homeland/Hello Herman
Unità di crisi - MittelEuropa
Unità di crisi - George Orwell's Principles of Newspeak
Sosaku Myiazaki, Krisis
Unità di crisi has worked together with institutional partners, private art galleries and foundations, non-profit organizations, publishers such as: AIAP, Aiapzine, AIS design, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Innovetion Valley, Latitude, DataInterfaces, Spazio Punch, ArtVerona, Associazione Strativari, Pordenone Legge, Università IUAV di Venezia, Wave Photogallery, Marsèlleria, Spazio H. Vox.
Why we need your help
Unità di crisi is an Association of Social Promotion, therefore our research is autonomous and independent. This allows us to direct our efforts towards social and cultural purposes (such as spreading awareness in designers with respect to their social role, or educating the eye and the mind of their users), and to maintain full control over the quality and content of our publications.
Each volume of Krisis is thus relying on our efforts and our resources, but also on the activity of our contributors, who invest in our project their expertise and professional activity.
In order to continue in this direction, we now need a contribution that allows us to meet the costs of production of the next volume of Krisis.
For this reason we would like to ask you to participate in our campaign of fundraising, with a little help that would enable us to reach the amount of 6000 euros, which is necessary to print Krisis | Orientation.
Any and all donations are deeply appreciated and we would like to thank you in advance.
Unità di crisi
[Francesco D'Abbraccio, Vincenzo D'Abbraccio, Andrea Facchetti, Francesco Greguol, Christian Jugovac]
producer - editor