Ningli Zhu, student at the Master of Graphic Design at AKV|St.Joost will take up residency in Berlin this November.
The residency in Berlin, Dérive Berlin, is a residency awarded by Belius Foundation Berlin in collaboration with Caradt.
Ningli Zhu has an academic background of Art and Graphic design in China Academy of Art. She also studied the master Information Design at the Design Academy, Eindhoven. Ningli has working experience in public media and entertainment industry. Recently, she brings focus on storytelling through multimedia narratives.
During her residency Ningli Zhu research proposal is The city as an interface. She writes in her research proposal the following:
“The philosopher Alva Noë once said that cities could be read as habits that have taken physical shapes. Since we are now experiencing the city through the interfaces on our screens and through the algorithms designed by the so-called intelligence, we could understand a city as interface.
Berlin, a city with post-industrial style architecture, nice nature area as well as the unforgettable history. It is a “sexy” city with multi-culture and community, which attracts many young people. Then, what is and how to build humanity in such a big modern city? Based on the principle of “Serendipity” and Modernology, I will explore the city in vivid daily life, build and discover the “interface” for different communities.”
Dérive Berlin is intended as a residency allowing the artist or designer to immerse her/himself in the creative urban space of the German capital in order to generate new impulses for their artistic/aesthetic work. Students from the master studies of AKV|St.Joost can yearly apply for the residency.
Dérive Berlin Spring School
Besides the residency for masterstudents, there is also annually a Dérive Berlin Spring School for bachelorstudents. Participants immerse themselves for a week in Berlin to increase their research skills and capabilities and gain momentum for their own creative work.