Research interpreted in exhibition at Svenskt Tenn

In the exhibition In My Backyard at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, students in Visual Communication at Beckmans interpret the research carried out by the Beijer Institute on ecosystem services and why they are key both to our own well-being and the planet's. 

Research more easily accessible with visual communication

Common to the students' work is that it creates 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 commitment in a way that for instance news stories cannot convey. In this course, students have transformed complex information into independent artistic projects that makes each of us reflect on our dependence on nature", says João Doria, Associate Professor at the Visual Communication program.

Updated herbarium, a tree golf course and textile design inspired by Josef Frank

The exhibition shows 16 works that is rooted in the Beijer Institute's research on ecosystem services, a concept that includes all the positive things that nature provides us with and that make 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 on an individual level and for society. 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 artworks in the exhibition you'll find an audiovisual herbarium where rustling and whispers from flowers can create pleasure and calm for stressed city dwellers without access to green spaces. Or can the peace that nature gives be replaced by a digital park that can be experienced through the phone? Josef Frank's colorful designs of wild nature has inspired a textile design that visualizes how Swedish nature may look 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, and the tape measure is the club and the perimeter circumference is your stroke.

The exhibition is on between March 22 - April 7  during Svenskt Tenn's opening hours på Strandvägen 5.
Visit the project website here

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.

Tutors

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

About Svenskt Tenn & The Beijer Institute 

Svenskt Tenn is owned by Kjell and Märta Beijers' foundation and all the surplus that the company generates goes to research and the preservation of Swedish crafts. One of the institutions funded through the foundation is the international Beijer Institute of Ecological Economies at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Beijer Institute's major objectives are to carry out research and stimulate cooperation to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development. The goal is to find ways to achieve a sustainable development.

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