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Raphael Volkmer
– Design Generalist

I am a design generalist and visual communicator particularly interested in design processes and the transformative power of design-led undertakings.

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↓ Projects

7000 Bänke
Questionism – School of Thought
OMI – Open Material Infrastructure
Smell The Kings
Pewter Transmutation
Bolzano Ti Saluta

↓ Interventions

Declaration of Human Rights – From Human to Human
The Black Hole Said:
Democratic Cocktails & Liquid Democracy

↓ Visual communication (selected works)

Social Design Studio Vienna (2017–19)
National Excitement
Shared Walks
Visual identy for Coop. Sophia


The declaration of Universal Human Rights,
From Human – to Human

The public intervention took part in different places within the bilingual city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy.

The work was commissioned by and designed in collaboration with the Public Office for Permanent Education of the City of Bolzano.

The intervention's main goal is to make people engage with each other so that they would declare each other the Universal Rights through a passport for which they had to portrait the other (unknown) person, sign, and stamp the document like during an official declaration.

Thereby we wanted to make people more aware of the already existing Universal Rights declared in 1948.
Furthermore we targeted the individuals as responsible actors to question the current situation and conditions regarding the implementation of human rights. (e.g. within the refugee discourse and the connected issue of equality)

In addition the commissioning public servants had to change their usual roles they embody while working for the city-office. They no longer acted in a mode of 'state employee ↔ citizen' but became rather moderators/agents that try to make single individuals engage with each other on the streets. ('citizen ↔ citizen')

Besides that, people could invent and dream about new universal rights that they would like to see implemented and write them down on a huge black board – the "mirror of critique and hopes".