Summer School Südtirol

The Summer School Südtirol provides public discussion relating to urgent contemporary questions. To this end, an annual series of events is organised in which authors, artists and experts are invited to speak. Lungomare has supported this project as a companion and partner from its outset, with Lupo Burtscher designing the communication material. The constant of the design strategy developed for this purpose is nothing more than the logo, a lettering without embellishments. The various image concepts address every year’s topic and translate it into a visual language.

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2019: Myths, tales and legends. What constitutes us?

The visual identity of the Summer School Südtirol 2019 is designed like a language game. Individual parts of short and concise sentences – short myths of yesterday and today – are arranged in an orderly, evocative grid. If they are read horizontally, however, new, absurdly funny or even reasonable meanings emerge. Thus, the creation and continuation of myths is playfully questioned on a graphic level.

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2018: The New Feminism

Feminism is nothing new; it has a long, colourful history and important social inputs to contribute in the present. The visual identity of the event series Der neue Feminismus / Il nuovo femminismo (The New Feminism) at the Summer School Südtirol 2018 communicates just that. The four typographical lines trace the four waves of feminism: starting with the suffragettes, who first gave a name to the women’s rights movement, it then moves on with an exclamation mark to the strident protest feminism of the fifties and sixties. The third line cites the generational shift that occurred in the nineties with the likes of the Riot Grrrls, bringing renewed inspiration and more nuanced perspectives. The fourth wave, lastly, is the hashtag feminism of recent years, which has unleashed important global debates on social media and across the internet. The visual identity of the posters, pamphlets and postcards steps out in punky pink, black and white.

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2017: Migrations. On the basic principle of life

The communication media developed for Migrations. On the basic principle of life allowed itself to be inspired by flocks of birds. In constantly unique formations, they appear at certain times in the sky on their way to their winter quarters. Lupo Burtscher took advantage of this image to design a poster and series of postcards announcing the three public forums.

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2016: Our utopias

Quo vadis Europa? The political endangerment of Project Europe and the demand for a return to the utopian ideas held at the time of the founding of the state, characterise this issue of Summer School Südtirol. The colours of the European flag adorn the handy notepad, which not only presents the programme in detail, but also leaves numerous blank pages for people to write their own versions of utopia.

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2015: Escape – Refuge

This year’s theme will be carried on a poster with a light blue background: the curved (flight) lines, which merge infinitely into each other, are graphically interwoven with the words of the title.

The website

The website is structured as an archive and informs on the issues addressed in the various editions of Summer School Südtirol. It presents the program, the participants’ biographies and the photographic documentation of each year’s events. While the basic structure of the content remains consistent throughout the website, the visual appearance changes annually and adapts to the respective edition of Summer School Südtirol.

Client

NIDS – Neues Institut für Dramatisches Schreiben, Literatur Lana

Year

2015-2019

Project team

Nike Auer, Sofia Bresciani, Claudia Polizzi, Irene Sgarro

Web development

Davide Giorgetta

Photo documentation

Luca Meneghel, Malthe Wöhler