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Festival about overlaps of graphic design, culture and society.

SELF–2017 is generously supported by:




SELF–2017 is organized by:


Ľubica Segečová
Eva Kašáková





This year we are part of Bratislava Design Week festival. Special thanks to the organizers!


7.–11. 6. 2017
Laurinská 14
Bratislava (SK)

SELF–2017 bude mať podobu “Dočasnej knižnice” – otvoreného priestoru, kde sa dá prísť tráviť čas čítaním a inšpirovaním sa čo čítať. Oslovili sme domácich aj zahraničných profesionálov z oblasti grafického dizajnu, vizuálnej kultúry a vzdelávania, ktorí nám doporučili knihy zásadné pre ich profesionálny život. Vychádzame z myšlienky voľného zdieľania a distribúcie vedomostí. Tento rok je Self súčasťou Bratislava Design Week 2017.


SELF–2017 will take form of a “Temporary Library” – an open place to come and spend time reading or getting inspired with what to read. We asked local and foreign professionals from graphic design, visual culture and education background to recommend us books that were essential for their professional life. We come from the idea of free sharing and distributing of knowledge. This year Self will be part of Bratislava Design Week festival.

We still have free places in the workshops, so if you want to apply for the Self–school and become one of the 15 participants send us a short CV and portfolio (online, website, PDF – how you prefer) to

The Self–school application fee is 150,- Eur. Single workshop fee: 30,- Eur.


Oliver Klimpel (Berlin)

Oliver Klimpel is a designer, currently based in Berlin after living and working in London for more then 15 years. He has worked on numerous publishing and identity projects in the cultural sector of the UK and abroad, combining design projects and research on visual culture and art, He frequently writes, and lectures internationally. From 2008 to 2015 he had been Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig comprehensively re-positioning the System-Design class. Recently, he was invited by the Taipei Contemporary Art Center to develop a design research project, which seeks to explore and redefine the idea of an active and critical identity for arts institutions. In this context he was commissioned to produce a work for the exhibition ”Declaration / Documentation - Taipei Biennal” at Taipei Fine Art Museum (2016). This May he undertook a research residency in Tokyo about graphic narratives. He was invited to be the moderator of the 2016 three-day Biennial-Talks series at the Brno International Graphic-Design Biennial.

Marieke Berghuis (Amsterdam)


Marieke Berghuis (1979, Cologne) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She started off studying graphic design at the KABK in The Hague and École Estienne in Paris, and received her degree from the Image and Language department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her work investigates the relevance of the medium drawing, often resulting in essays, publications and paintings. Among other topics, she is interested in the contemporary bourgeois connection between aesthetics and the economy, production and valorization.


Jan Čumlivski (Praha)


is a graphic designer, artist and writer. He has specialized in Cultural Anthropology and Hungarian Philology at Charles University in Prague (Mgr.), and in Type Design and Typography at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague (MgA.). He made his doctor's degree at the UMPRUM with a dissertation Rid is Haná of Tatar ThugsBlackletter and Runes Today. He is the author of 10 author books, works in graphic and type design, takes part in Tabook festival in Tabor, teaches at UMPRUM and sings in an alt-country band. He has lived and studied in Budapest, Berlin, St. Petersburg and New York.


Juraj Sukop (Bratislava)


Juraj Sukop (1981) lives and works in Bratislava. He earned MA degree in graphic design at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where he currently pursuits the doctoral studies. He also studied at University of Art and Design in Helsinki and was teaching assistant at Department of Architecture at AFAD. His work focuses on developing a generative infrastructure for designing and testing digital forms of fine art.


Bardhi Haliti (Pristina)


Bardhi Haliti worked as a freelance graphic designer in Pristina and New York before obtaining a masters degree from the Werkplaats Typografie in 2014. He was a designer in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie between 2015–2016 and is currently the program director of REDO, an annual international graphic design conference held in Pristina. He is based in the Netherlands.


Venue of the workshops: Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Hviezdoslavovo square 18, Bratislava.

Oliver Klimpel

​Expanded Identities
The workshop consists of 2 parts combining practice with discourse.
The first part is called Speed-Teaching in which all participants will turn both into teachers and students, looking practically at the politics (and joys) of knowledge distribution, and the equality of minds.
The second part is to explore alternative means of visual and material representations of what cultural, or non-commercial, institutions or organisations are - and how they manifest themself and the processes, people and matter(s) within them. What role can speculation and fiction play in such extended sense of design practice?

Marieke Berghuis

The Cutest Child Stars that Grew Up UGLY!!
In this workshop we will actively sidestep the notion of beauty as a pure and phantasmatic objectivity, a generic object of nothingness. Logic based, programmed design solutions, are one way to challenge this. We however, will be looking out for the ugly, the counter-intuitive, and the possibilities for creating a charged friction from where we can build up a work.

Jan Čumlivski

Starting with analysis of type evolution, (regrettably) complicated context and basic structure we shall together expose the vast possibilities of type manipulation. We shall develop some faces based on these grounds and we will try to use them. And, first and foremost, the purpose of type is to be read.

Juraj Sukop

To create = to understand. To design > the design. To speak out loud => a method. In the workshop we will try to deconstruct a generative method for design and to critically evaluate its constituent steps. Generative processes can lower the burden of realization of repetitive tasks but also, even more importantly, may lead to deeper understanding of the inception of the new, hopefully simultaneously advancing the field's boundaries. We will also try to identify, and take advantage of, the means provided by other disciplines to aid our way forward.

Bardhi Haliti

This one-day workshop takes the form of a tour guide through the city of Bratislava and its architecture. Each participant will be asked to choose one site or building and then interpret/document this choice through their preferred medium. This can be a story, photographs, drawing, sculpture; or any other medium that is relevant or specific to the interests of the participants.

Venue: Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Hviezdoslavovo square 18, Bratislava.

5. 9. Monday
19.00 – 20.00 Oliver Klimpel – Lecture

6. 9. Tuesday
09.00 – 17.00 Oliver Klimpel – Workshop
19.00 – 20.00 Marieke Berghuis – Lecture

7. 9. Wednesday
09.00 – 17.00 Marieke Berghuis – Workshop
19.00 – 20.00 Jan Čumlivski – Lecture

8. 9. Thursday
09.00 – 17.00 Jan Čumlivski – Workshop
19.00 – 20.00 Juraj Sukop – Lecture

9. 9. Friday
09.00 – 17.00 Juraj Sukop – Workshop
19.00 – 20.00 Bardhi Haliti – Lecture

10. 9. Saturday
09.00 – 17.00 Bardhi Haliti – Workshop
18.00 –           closing party 

Lectures are opened to all general public with no entrance fee.
Venue of the lectures: Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Hviezdoslavovo square 18, Bratislava.

5. 9. Monday
19.00 – 20.00 Oliver Klimpel – "Expanded Indentities"

6. 9. Tuesday
19.00 – 20.00 Marieke Berghuis – "The Cutest Child Stars that Grew Up UGLY!!"

7. 9. Wednesday
19.00 – 20.00 Jan Čumlivski – Lecture
How do all the people manage to tell always the truth? It is easy to answer – they just don't. But why do they almost always succeed to print it? We read type, but we don't see it. A case study of type in service of politics, ideology, manipulation and lying.

8. 9. Thursday
19.00 – 20.00 Juraj Sukop – Lecture

9. 9. Friday
19.00 – 20.00 Bardhi Haliti – Lecture
This lecture presents an ongoing research about time, transformation and repetition through architecture and politics with graphic design serving as a means to link these relations. The lecture will aim to reveal the multi-functional nature of community spaces in which larger socio-political and cultural cycles are reflected.