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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 Blackhole Said

A speculative service between galaxies

Part of Fictional Journal's Issue 1

The Black Hole Said is a speculative service between galaxies. Inside a Black Hole you time travel, you will change your past, present and future situation, it will transform you and your reality. On the other side of the Black Hole you will live in a total fear-free environment.

The session starts with one central question:
"What would you do if you had no fear?"

How did we meet the Black Hole?
We were traveling among galaxies as we usually do in our daily lives. We have been trained to see the things beyond their pure physical existence. In between the Outer Space we found the Black Hole.

The Black Hole asked us:
"What would you do if you had no fear?"

Let's just put fear in perspective:
Fear is just the other side of one dimension, that carefully hides another one: Desire.

We have nothing but uncertainties. Our everyday life, as we know it, has been build in order to create security – rules that make us feel comfortable, that give us directions and structure. We think that we know what is right or wrong simply because we follow such rules without questioning them. We created and have been used to live in the Comfort Zone.

But from time to time we feel the tension (fear – desire) that push us to rethink the Comfort Zone's meaning and function: It's the moment when we would like to try something new, to say something unexpected, to change, to act differently, but than we do not indulge that tension, we keep living in the comfort zone and repeat to follow the same fear-structures of before.

By acknowledging that, we decided to jump together with our fears into the Black Hole, to travel through the Event Horizon, that translates fear into desire, not without making mistakes. Pushing ourselves to deliberate and overcome our fear allowed us to create and enter a new dimension where we can think and act fear-free.

↓ Screenshot from website (offline by now)

↓ Video for preview for Fictional Collective website

Fake Business card for presentation of Fictional Journal's Issue 1 during Milano Design Week 2015 at Palazzo Clerici