Communication design for research project Performing Resistance

Performing Resistance is a research project by artist Annika Lundgren in the borderlands between political resistance, performance art and academic research based. The project is based on a series of seminars, artworks and the interwoven Archive for Resistance Strategies.

We worked in close collaboration with Lundgren to combine conceptual development and communication design, helping the project communicate more clearly and its events to be more productive. We worked with the development of a wide range of elements, from the thematic core of the project to public events and visual communication. Our work has resulted in a large quantity of public materials, including the project website, a yearbook, and event communication for several events.

Performing Resistance

The Yearbook summarizes the work done in Performing Resistance during 2015. A key component of the overall visual design was to be minimally "aesthetic"—as in obtrusive—which we dealt with by choosing the yellow color (clear, vibrant, informative) that is repeated throughout all design deliverables, together with the font DIN Next and super-clear yet evocative graphic elements.

Performing Resistance

Numerous seminars took place during 2015-2016 which we helped coordinate and plan.

Performing Resistance

Every seminar was communicated with posters in public locations as well as in select academic institutions.

Performing Resistance

Close-up of seminar gift pack which included an interactive object related to the seminar topic as well as the usual booklet.

Performing Resistance

One of our tasks was to never over-aestheticize Performing Resistance as it could derail its critical potential—we took that as an invitation to use sparse and minimal means of instead boosting understanding through means like color markings.

Performing Resistance

The Performing Resistance website is a light-weight platform, serving as both a location for summarizing as well as presenting upcoming events.

Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance

Close-up from the 2015 yearbook, in which we experimented with the design restrictions for work that was to come in 2016.

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Close-up from one of the seminar booklets.

Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance

We co-planned the seminars to always use new, fresh ways of interacting with the thematics at hand and how the presentation formats worked—like taking a private bus roundtrip around Gothenburg while holding an onboard talk.

Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance
Performing Resistance

Evocative and playful symbol use for the Resistance and the Institution seminar.