Are We There Yet? – Beckmans i samarbete med Beijerinstitutet och Svenskt Tenn

Beckmans 2023, beijerinstitutet, svenskt tenn, visuell kommunikation och vk

The annual interdisciplinary collaboration between students in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, researchers at the Beijer Institute and Svenskt Tenn was initiated in 2017.

Samarbetet ”Are We There Yet” syftar till att öppna upp nya vägar för forskning och visuell kommunikation att mötas och samspela för att gestalta och förmedla kunskap, både intellektuellt och emotionellt.

In this year's collaboration, students interpret the Beijer Institute's cutting-edge research on antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health and food security. Antibiotic resistance is natural, but the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates this process. The students want to highlight common misconceptions, encourage conversation, and emphasize that action, at all levels of society, can reduce the impact and limit the spread of resistance.

- The door between research and communication design is wide open in this collaboration between Beckmans College of Design, the Beijer Institute and Svenskt Tenn. "The fact that the students can use current research as a starting point and investigate ways to communicate antibiotic resistance provides a desire to experiment that arises from seriousness. This is valuable for all of us," says Sophia Wood, senior lecturer at Beckmans College of Design.

Research says that antibiotic resistance globally has already gone too far. What will it take for the rest of us to understand?

- This year's collaboration with the Beckmans students on antibiotic resistance has been a very inspiring experience. Our first meeting revealed ignorance of the subject, but at the same time a great interest in knowing more and understanding. The process meant that we researchers were forced to concretize and clarify our research, which has been useful. As usual, you are amazed at how the students approached the subject and how they transformed messages into different art forms - all very innovative and completely outside your own frame of reference of what was possible," says Max Troell, researcher at the Beijer Institute.

Participating students: Andreas Rehnberg, Caroline Hallersjö, Ernst Lilja, Gabriel Ankar, Greta Gustafsson, Jonas Hemlin, Justus Skördeman, Klara Viridén, Linnéa Arminda Birkelund, Ludvig Wänelöf, Mauritz Larsson, Oscar Hagberg, Rebecca Lagerstedt, Salmah Jumbe, Ted Söderberg.

Responsible lecturer: Sophia Wood

External mentor: Helena Hammarskiöld

Visual identity: Andreas Rehnberg, Caroline Hallersjö, Ernst Lilja, Klara Viridén, Ludvig Wänelöf, Mauritz Larsson.

Participating researchers: Max Troell, Patrik Henriksson (Beijerinstitutet), Peter Søgaard Jørgensen, Tiscar Graells (GEDB), Andrea Caputo Svensson (ReAct - Action on Antibiotic Resistance).

Svenskt Tenn: Thommy Bindefeld (Senior Advisor), Karin Södergren (Chief Curator), Åsa Brenner Toris (Curator), Klara Hjärtsjö (Project Coordinator).

Exhibitions and dates: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, 18/4-8/5
University Main Building, Uppsala, 9-10/5
Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, 8/6-17/6

About Svenskt Tenn and the Beijer Institute: Svenskt Tenn is owned by the Beijer Foundation and the company's profits go to research mainly in ecological economics, environmental conservation and medicine, as well as the promotion of Swedish interior design. Sustainability, quality and commitment have been the company's core values since its foundation in 1924.

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