"Graphic designer Niek Kosten continued his research into the domain of activism and visual identity and developed an installation that focusses on an unspecified activistic group. The intentions of the group are hidden by using abstract form language, making the installation open up for interpretation."

'Activist' was developed for 'Toegepast 16', a presentation of young talents in the field of design, organized by Cultuurplatform Design and Z33 and coached by Ti+Hann. The exhibition 'Toegepast 16: Les Nouveaux' ran from 30-10-2011 until 5-2-2012 at Z33 - house for contemporary art in Hasselt (BE).

Photos by Kristof Vrancken

Niek Kosten is a design researcher, teacher and independent graphic designer from Belgium.

He is part of the research group Social Spaces (LUCA School of Arts) where he is currently working on his PhD. At LUCA School of Arts – Campus C-mine in Genk, Kosten teaches in the fields of critical design, public space and graphic design at the Interaction Design & Game Design program. He is also co-founder of KOPIJ, a graphic workspace in Hasselt and creates self-initiated and commissioned works that critically explore societal issues as an independent designer.