12 January 2004
Istanbul (Turkey) - "Wogs Skips & Icons" Designing a Cultural Identity is an exhibition planned for Melbourne in 2005.
Istanbul (Turkey) - "Wogs Skips & Icons" Designing a Cultural Identity is an exhibition planned for Melbourne in 2005. The exhibition concept was developed by Russell Kennedy, Mimmo Cozzolino and Denise Whitehouse. Its aim will be to illustrate the role of graphic design in constructing the public discourse of national identity, by linking together the work of the 1970s design studio All Australian Graffiti (AAG) and the contemporary design project Vexil Australis (a proposed new Australian flag).

In AAG we encounter the power of the migrant voice to inject new dimensions and nuances into the complex tapestry of Australian symbolic language through the use of popular culture. In Vexil Australis we find the ongoing search for a unifying symbol that will weave together all facets of our indigenous and non indigenous identities in the form of a new Australian Flag. These are the issues that Russell Kennedy will develop in his presentation during the 'Building Bridges' semainar in Istanbul.

Russell Kennedy is a senior lecturer and course coordinator of Visual Communication at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Russell is an academic and practitioner of both graphic design and filmmaking. Before joining Monash in 1994, he was the principle of Russell Kennedy Design, a corporate identity consultancy and co-director of Onset Productions, a motion picture and documentary company. Russell actively promotes a network interface between design education and industry. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Monash's international 'Designer In Residence' initiative and was instrumental in luring Edward Fella to the program as its first graphic designer.

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About the Icograda Design Week in Istanbul:
The two-day 'Building Bridges' seminar is part of the Icograda Design Week in Istanbul (Turkey), from 27 to 31 January 2004.
Held on 30 and 31 January, this seminar is free of charge but registration is requested. Seats will be given on a 'first come, first served' basis. It will bring together designers from Australia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, South Korea and Turkey to share their experiences and influences from their own regions. The seminar will showcase new perspectives on the diversity of graphic design today.

For more information and registration: http://istanbul.icograda.org