Truth v.8286








migration, human-rights, health, space, mapping


Johanna Wendel, Luka Vonderau, Yuni Byun, Lorenz Bohlmann, Katja Ulbrich




Thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea by boat each year to seek asylum or to migrate to Europe. Since 2014, 25.413 migrants were reported missing in the Mediterranean. (Missing Migrants Projects) The Non-Government-Organisation Sea-Watch is conducting search and rescue missions (SAR) in the Med Sea, having rescued 45,000 people since their first mission in 2015. (Sea-Watch) On their missions, the crew is challenged with the physical and psychological state of the guests. Many of the passengers on board experienced severe violence and suffer from different kinds of injuries. Taking care of the guests with limited resources and limited space on board poses several challenges. Avoiding knowledge hierarchies, which can be caused by language barriers and the resulting inaccessibility to information, and communicating clearly and consistently is one of them.

Sea-Watch asked Studiengruppe-Informationsdesign to help them develop a de-escalative design concept for their new SAR ship Sea-Watch 5.

Our cooperation's main focus was gathering tools and research to support the guest care department of the Sea-Watch 5. The idea of de-escalative design led us to several potential improvements, that would prevent or soften tensions between guests to make their passage less exhausting. To increase comfort and well-being on board we proposed thicker mats which would help make the space feel more welcoming, considering color and material which had to be durable and easy to clean, resisting wear, long sun exposure, and salt water.

For better orientation on board, we developed a moderation kit to support the daily updates by the crew. We designed the daily schedule and a series of pictograms to communicate shipboard regulations and identify specific areas, such as the safe space for particularly vulnerable people, the tea station, and the hospital room.

We came up with playful elements on board to help the time pass more quickly. We considered games not provoking strong emotions through winning or losing to ensure a calm atmosphere. Also, playful elements can be used alone or as a group activity and support creativity and fulfillment.

Since atlases and maps are enjoyable and powerful tools for the guests to share stories, think about their journey, and even dream about possible destinations and hopeful futures, we created a geographically correct map as well as narrative, playful maps which could enable storytelling.

These are some of the topics we researched and experimented with visually. We shared our results, possible designs, and ideas with Sea-Watch and are excited about a continuing cooperation.

Thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea by boat each year to seek asylum or to migrate to Europe. Since 2014, 25.413 migrants were reported …


● 23.02.01, Präsentation 

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  • Felix Egle

● 23.01.23, Merch Entwürfe Sea-Watch/LeaveNoOneBehind 



● 22.12.13, Entwurfsprozess 

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  • Felix Egle

● 22.11.06, Tage des offenen Schiffes 

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  • Lara Liske

● 22.10.12, Projektfindung, Mail von Sea-Watch 

Deeskalation durch Design des Außenraums auf einem Search und Rescue Schiff

Seawatch führt Massenrettungen im Zentralen Mittelmeer durch. Menschen versuchen vom afrikanischen Kontinent, meistens aus Libyen, zu fliehen und Europa zu erreichen. Im Durchschnitt sind 300–400 Menschen ca. 7 Tage auf unserem Schiff. An Deck ist die Situation sehr angespannt. Bei dieser Personenzahl hat jeder Mensch nur etwa 0,5m² zum schlafen. Es ist schwierig genug, Essen herzustellen und Provatsphäre ist nicht existent.
Unser Deck ist aus Stahl, darüber ist eine Zeltplane. Der Raum ist sehr funktional gestaltet und vor allem daraus ausgerichtet, dem Salzwasser und dem Wetter zu widerstehen. Kleinere und größere Designelemente können allerdings zur Information unserer Gäste oder zur allgemeinen Deeskalation beitragen. Doch wie können wir mit einem kleinen Budget Stimmung, Angst, Wut und andere Gefühle beeinflussen? Welche Farben sind hilfreich und wo können wir diese verwenden? Was eskaliert Anspannungszustände? Diese theoretischen, aber auch sehr praktischen Fragen interessieren uns sehr, um für unsere Gäste bestmöglich da zu sein.

– Theoretischer Input zur Weiterentwicklung unserer Guest Care Concepts
– Möglichkeiten zur Praktischen Umsetzung wie Stencils für eine Europakarte, Schiffsregeln, etc.
– Rassimuskritisches Design
– Praxisnähe und direkte Umsetzbarkeit
– Interesse an enger Zusammenarbeit zwischen Design und tatsächlichen Bedürfnissen eines Schiffs
– Materialien, Recherche, Referenzen, Dokumente, Vorlagen, Abbildungen etc.

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  • Felix Egle


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Gecekondu Photoreport





Lina Herschel


Based on the archive provided by the NGO Beyond Istanbul, a publication has been conceptualised collecting photographs and news coverage of the Gecekondu in Istanbul in the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. The archive gathers over 500 newspaper clippings from all kinds of newspapers in Turkey going back to the first mention in 1932.
The book is to be read as a timeline correlating jurisdictional concerns parallel to housing struggles and social movements. The project aims at activating the archive, making it more present in public discourse and creating visibility of this grassroots counter practice for urban spatial development.

publication, wall mapping
Based on the archive provided by the NGO Beyond Istanbul, a publication has been conceptualised collecting photographs and news coverage of the Gecekondu in …


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