States of isolation: data-based collage

Level: Beginners

St. Pölten UAS

„The world that we knew has gone into oblivion“ – the current crisis affects us all.

With the severity and realness of the situation, we are given an opportunity to think about values of existing social agreements, the future of interpersonal relationships as well as, us as a species. The isolation that we have faced – felt by each of us in a different way – became a bonding experience for us all. And yet, it is true – we live in a permanent state of emergency (politically and mentally). This workshop session intends to explore the experience of isolation and virtual togetherness.

The session is a 3rd edition of States of Isolation workshop first conducted in 2020. For more information see:

During the 3rd edition, we will reflect on the last year of pandemic experience. We will discuss the past, the present and the possible future. Based on readings, discussions and individual research, participants will design collages, using elements of infographics. The unique time in history will be recorded with our observations of the reshaping of the reality that surrounds us. We will start with questions about the future of a global village and free cultural exchange. We will share and consider internal and external feelings towards a world that changes rapidly.

States of Isolation is an ongoing research based project and in previous sessions included participation with Maciej Połczyński a Visual Communication designer focused on type design, founder of Laïc: Type Foundry who is also involved in various educational activities.

Workshop aims/ visual outcome:

The aim of the workshop is to design visual messages (collages). The visual outcome will be an interpretation of given topics and the creation of intersubjective digital emotional charts. Participants will work by preparing a data chart reflecting their emotional states. Based on discussions and reading they will develop collages corresponding to a number of topics, like:

  • Good Old Habits (Pre-Pandemic)
  • Lockdown Revision
  • Fantasies about the Future (New Reality)
  • As well as a series of additional elements represented by various means such as Shape, Structure, Symbol (Type)


  • good knowledge in and access to Adobe Software (Photoshop, Illustrator)


Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk:

Theatre practitioner, writer, and visual artist. He is also a lecturer at the New Media Arts Faculty / PJATK Academy in Warsaw, where together with Jakup Karpoluk, he co-ordinates the Multimedia Performing Arts (MPA) specialisation. In his work, Klaudiusz draws on a range of disciplines that explore the possibility of embodying states of exclusion and spacial topologies. His recent exploration has also led him to scrutinise ideas connected to the shaping of human subjectivity. His investigation has led him to co-ordinate several projects in Australia, Europe and Japan. At present Klaudiusz works and lives in Warsaw, Poland.

Jakub Karpoluk:

Dr Jakub Karpoluk – visual culture scholar, Japanologist, performer and curator, a graduate of Warsaw University (M.A.) and Polish Academy of Sciences (PhD), assistant prof. at the New Media Arts Department of the Polish – Japanese Academy of IT, a lecturer at the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences. The Japan Foundation fellow at the Waseda University (Tokyo), a fellow of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Performed in Poland, Japan, Germany, Austria, and France, including National Theatre in Warsaw and Odeon Theater in Vienna. Curated artistic projects at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, The Royal Łazienki Museum, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, and the National Film Archive.

Natalia Łajszczak:

Designer, educator, and editor. Currently, a freelancer working for a number of Cultural Institutions. For several years collaborated with the independent publishing house Oficyna Peryferie – an initiative created for popularisation the beauty of self-publishing. She co-runs a screen printing workshop at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. Member of the Stowarzyszenie Pracownie Twórcze Lubelska.

Jan Piechota:

Jan Piechota is a visual communication designer. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, where he found a passion for information design, typography, and research. In 2008 he graduated MA course. In 2017 he graduated doctoral studies on the same academy. Jan has created custom and retail books, visual identities, information design projects and collaborates with researchers, designers, artists. He teaches typography, visual information, and design process management at the Bachelor and MA course at Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw (PJAIT). His work has been honored by the Polish Society of Book Publishers and Zamek Cieszyn.