November 3, 2022

‘Fake it ’till you make it’, some say. ‘Pretend and invent’, ‘copy and paste’. The idea: By dressing like, speaking like or acting like others, we will ultimately find the confidence to do our own thing. The problem: If we imitate for too long, if we copy too much, we run the risk of losing our own identity. That’s why every Instagram account looks exactly the same. But with an ongoing war in Europe and with millions under attack, the strategy fulfills another purpose altogether: Protection. Taken from the animal world, camouflage is often the best way to survive in extreme circumstances.

But what does great design have to do with any of this? Well, the best designers find the right balance between imitation and origination. They do their own thing, while not being afraid to draw on what others have already created. And they know that sometimes, imitation can literally save lives. At the OFFF DACH 2022—“Camouflage”, we will bring together the best designers from East and West to discuss what we can learn while imitating and copying. And we will ask them why it’s sometimes necessary to hide – even if it’s in plain sight.

Join us on November 3, 2022 live on offf.media!

OFFF SPEAKERS

Alexander Isakov

GRAFFITI ARTIST

Maksym Zoloyedov

CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT FORBES UKRAINE

Deborah Sengl

FINE ARTIST

Rachel Denti

GRAPHIC DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR

more to be announced

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Deborah Sengl

OFFF TALK Vienna FINE ARTIST

A fox dressed in human skin? Austrian artist Deborah Sengl doesn’t shy away from making such statements. By inverting roles, her artwork becomes unusual to the human eye. Her work aims to criticize social structures and focuses on power relations, dependency systems and the interplay between perpetrator and victim, often showcased by portraying humans with animal body parts, most notably animal heads. Born in Vienna in 1974, Sengl studied visual media design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has showcased her artwork both in Austria and abroad.

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