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To Tackle Time

With works by 95 Master and 80 Bachelor students from nine departments, Konstfack will present the largest graduation show in its history. Showing a wide variety of media, artistic approaches and strategies, this exhibition will uncover an extensive range of visionary ideas, bold expressions, and thoughtful and unconventional propositions. Welcome to the Konstfack Degree Exhibition 2008!

Recurring topics include a quest for the self in a fragmented society; reflections upon the troubled relation between man and nature; and perhaps nostalgia for modernist utopian ideas. Moving effortlessly between tradition and innovation, often with autobiographical references and recontextualization of found material and information, stories are restored and lost meaning is reconstructed.

Needless to say, there is an ongoing concern with the decaying environment, sustainability and an inflated consumer society, often viewed from an everyday point of view and offering eco friendly solutions and promoting a sense of security.

Many of the students explore cross cultural production and discussion, thereby testing and expanding the boundaries defined by their respective disciplines. As the only university college in Sweden in which art, craft, design and teacher education co-exist on an equal footing, Konstfack has always generated ample opportunities for an interdisciplinary artistic approach. Of course, this tendency is not unique to Konstfack, but appears to be a general trend in art and design at present. It can be traced back to historical movements such as Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus and similar backbones of western creative education. However, is it justifiable to compare today’s interface between art, craft and design to these past movements? Or are we witnessing a new course or strategy?

For this catalogue we have invited two writers to reflect on these questions from a present-day point of view. We asked Yuko Hasegawa, curator of the recent interdisciplinary exhibition Space for Your Future – Recombining the DNA of Art and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and Alex Coles, author of DesignArt (Tate Publishing, 2005) to take a curatorial and theoretical stance.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this catalogue and everyone who has been involved in this year’s Degree Exhibition. But first and foremost, we want to thank all the students for their fantastic achievements and dedication to their work. We wish them all a bright and successful future.

Renée Padt, Co-editor and Curator of the MA Exhibition
Ikko Yokoyama, Co-editor and Head of Exhibitions, Konstfack