Susanne Stauch

social.transformation.system.design.research

ON GESTALTUNG lecture series | weißensee kunsthochschule berlin | Excellence Cluster “Matters of Activity” Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

“The capacity of Gestaltung is not reserved for design or the arts. It underlies all cognition and knowledge. The structures of our imaginative powers and the grammar of our thinking are based on the structures of our perception and the scope of our capacity for articulation and action. This lecture series will take a closer look at the origins of creativity and how the creative forces can be trained and renewed.” (Jörg Petruschat)

As part of the seminar “Theorien der Gestaltung” we have invited different representatives of a new and extended understanding of the design concept who open our perception towards the role and responsibility we step into as we become designers. It has been an honor to participate in making this lecture series happen and it has been a great eye and heart opener for all the participants.

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Designing Exit Strategies – weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

I am very delighted about the invitation by Prof. Jörg Petruschat to teach a design theory class of my own choice, so I am diving right into the purpose we have dedicated for our organisation Supernova Institute. Instead of being overwhelmed or paralysed by the complexity of the current global crisis, we are joining the quest for future-oriented solutions that take into account the well-being of all living species on our beautiful planet (humans, animals, plants).

This course is inviting the students to critically reflect the appropriateness and cost of the mindset, lifestyle and consumptional habits of the global north (aka. capitalism), and to learn about regenerative projects and attempts of living a more simple, reduced, local life focused around well-being and community. We will take off with scanning through relevant literature and theories, look at design methods and how to embed them meaningfully into the design process, using this to go through a couple of iterative design sprints to come up with first ideas and suggestions for future-oriented concepts of living consciously and intentionally interconnected. Research and results will be published on Supernova Institute.

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Professional Development – Registered Practitioner for Psychotherapy

Making the most of the time with two kids at home during a pandemic, I have turned once again towards my second passion and continued on my path of studying the mind, heart and soul, this time training to become an officially recognized psychotherapist (Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie). It might seem odd but I have experienced various situations, where design challenges are deeply interwoven with a limiting, mostly unconscious mindset. The best example is The Love School Project, where it became obvious quite fast that nothing can change as long as the people are still enwrapped in a colonialistically dominated self-perception of dependence. Actually it was during my time in Kenya that I decided to dive deeper into the psychological realms, wanting to understand better how we and our beliefs are shaped and how they can be adjusted, turning trauma into resources and becoming more resilient. The need for introspection applies to all of us, especially regarding our cognitive dissonance when it comes to the global catastrophe we have created and I am excited to embed my knowledge more into the design related work I pursue.

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Our Rights in Action – Empowerment of Young Refugees

Through the organisation “Landesjugendring” I have been conceptualising and running workshops in several refugee hostels in Berlin, embedding knowledge about the rights of children and adolescents in age-appropriate workshops around photography, building and playing (role play, theater etc.).  This work is very rewarding and deepened my wish to understand more about the psyche, especially when it comes to Trauma and how to help and support children with processing their experiences.

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Family Time

In January 2019, my son was born. My attention turned inwards, spending a wonderful 18 months with the baby and his proud big sister.

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