Forskning gestaltas i utställning på Svenskt Tenn

In the exhibition In My Backyard at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, students in Visual Communication at Beckmans interpret the research conducted by the Beijer Institute on ecosystem services and their crucial role in sustainable social development.

Research more accessible through visual communication

Common to the students' work is that they create a broader understanding of ecosystem services and why they play a key role in both our own well-being and the planet's.

"By providing new inputs to current research, visual communication can create an understanding of complex issues and create empathy and engagement in a way that news cannot convey," he said. In this course, students have turned complex information into independent artistic projects that make each of us reflect on the climate footprint we make," says João Doria, senior lecturer at the Visual Communication programme.

Updated herbarium, a tree golf course and Josef Frank-inspired pattern

The exhibition showcases 16 works based on the Beijer Institute's research on ecosystem services, a concept that includes all the positive things that nature provides to us humans and makes it visible that nature's services cannot be taken for granted. Nature's diversity of ecosystems and organisms is a prerequisite for our well-being, both at the individual and societal level. The Beijer Institute's research shows, among other things, why green areas, trees and wetlands are cost-effective investments in sustainable urban development, but also what happens if these are neglected.

Among the works in the exhibition is an audiovisual herbarium where rustling and whispers from flowers can create pleasure and tranquility for stressed city dwellers without access to green spaces. Or can the tranquility of nature be replaced by a digital park that can be experienced over the phone? Josef Frank's colourful nature patterns have inspired a pattern that visualizes what Swedish nature may look like in the wake of increased global warming. And why not experience tree golf at Djurgården – a combined forest walk and tree inventory where a round consists of 18 hole trees where the tape measure is the club and the perimeter of the trunks beaten.

Utställningen pågår 22 mars – 14 april enligt Svenskt Tenns öppettider på Strandvägen 5.
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Participating students

Adam Siversen Ljung, Agnes Moström, Anna Knutsson, Felix Scheynius, Fredrik Wickberg, Hannah Green Youngblood, Hedda Wallén, John Bengtsson, Julius Tuvenvall, Lina Reidarsdotter Källström, Louise Silfversparre, Reidar Pritzel, Sara Dunker, Tilda Aspelin and Ville Högström.

Supervisor

Erik Andersson, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Johan Colding, Beijer Institute, Åsa Gren, Beijer Institute, Louise Hård af Segerstad, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Agneta Sundin, Beijer Institute.

About Svenskt Tenn & BeijerInstitutet

Svenskt Tenn is owned by the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation and all proceeds generated by the company go to research and preservation of Swedish craftsmanship. One of the institutes funded through the Foundation is the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which works for a deeper understanding of the interaction between ecological systems and the development of society and the economy. The goal is to find ways towards sustainable development.

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