Everyone is talking about the crisis

September 2009


Together with the Merz Academy of Design, Art, and Media in Stuttgart we organized a workshop with design and visual art students to discuss the global economic crisis and its repercussions at a time when the crisis was omnipresent in the media. The discussions centred on questions such as: Whose crisis is it? What are the images that currently accompany how the crisis is depicted in the media? Can the depth of the crisis be represented in more concrete terms in images and words? What possibilities are there to visualize abstract economic processes? What is your own relation to the crisis? How and where can you “see” it? After discussions within the group, the students went out on the streets, spread and shared those questions with people in their city. They collected interviews, quotes and images that they discussed and then arranged in a small magazine / newspaper.

WITH: Merz Akademie