Philz – Hinter grünen Fassaden
210 x 297 mm
Four color offset
with Jan Stechmann
for Leuphana University Lüneburg
Philz is a publication about the development, political difficulties and shortcomings of a EU-backed local sustainability and climate protection initiative. It was result of a transdisciplinary seminar at the faculty of sustainability of the Leuphana University Lüneburg, led by Esther Meyer and Gregor Schmieg. Together with the students, the lecturers and with the help of graphic designer and photographer Jan Stechmann, I developed a magazine concept to carry the students’ work into the public sphere. In a 2-day workshop, their group works were gathered and edited, headlines were written, photos were arranged, design ideas were discussed and four positions on the topic were clarified. The resulting magazine will be published by the University and used by the initiative as a communication tool and hopefully stir up discussions about climate action and the urgent steps that need to be taken.
Because the students had little image material to illustrate their long texts or only had self-shot pictures that weren’t convincing enough, I rephotographed their pictures, used parts of my own archive or photographed new ones.
On Sept. 24th, Philz was released. The questions posed by the magazine were printed on A1 posters and hung on the wall, so the attendees could write things on them. There were long, intense discussions with readers and local political actors about climate action and communal projects. A night of critique and discourse helped push the magazine into the public sphere, where it can now be used as a tool to further stir up discussions and get people to talk to each other.
*Of course – just like design or advertising – science can never be politically neutral. It has never been and never will be. Climate science especially.