Digital Media / A Perfect Marriage Between Art and Journalism

Shenkars graphic design department was practically made for this exhibition, and its no wonder, since it has such a tight-knit relationship with the world of journalism.

As opposed to other departments in design schools, the graphic design department has a tight-knit relationship with the world of journalism. There you can find talented people that at the end of the day are in charge of the appearance of newspaper: the choice of font, the way photos are cut, the physical formatting, etc. According to Itzik Renart, the head of the graphic design department at Shenkar, it is not surprising that third and fourth-year students from his department have been involved in three separate initiatives related to the exhibition.

The first is a single-semester course that ties the world of paper to art, under the guidance of Tal Berli, an animator and paper designer. In the first stage they create hand-made paper works, and afterwards they use those to create something meaningful. This year, the materials were connected to the newspaper. The projects were mostly abstract, although they are based on a grid, to piles of newspapers; they are related to the cover of the newspaper – there are signs that give the feeling that they are dealing with a newspaper. The students created the paper by themselves, and some of them even used the newspaper. The beauty of the newspaper is hidden in the mixture of materials, said Renart.

The second course was called graphic journalism, and was headed by Professor Yarom Vardimon, the dean of Shenkars design department and a winner of the Israel Prize. The course, which is part of the academic curriculum, asks students to create image and word-based responses to real-life events that appeared in the news section of the newspaper. The students worked with the news section of the paper, discussed the events of the week in class and every student did what he or she was interested in. The style of thinking was entirely journalistic, even if there was no actual use of the paper itself. Like a political poster.

The third course, which was established especially for the project, included a group of students that catalogued the exhibition. The course was led by head of the departments graphic design track, Dekel Bovrov, and Kobi Franco, a renowned lecturer. We took the top six students in the department, says Renart. They gathered the materials from the other departments, sorted through them, laid out and designed the catalog, whose uniqueness is the fact that it is printed on newspaper in the style of the Gallery supplement. The exhibition will include piles of catalogs on the floor that will look like piles of newspapers, and every person that enters will receive one. For me, this is the crowning achievement of cooperation, as we established this specific course for the purpose of the exhibition, as opposed to the other courses.