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Spaceships and Recycling Tips at UID18 – Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Spaceships and Recycling Tips at UID18 – Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

Imagine a future where food waste is a key source of energy instead of adding to our carbon footprint. What if billions of expectant mothers in developing countries could get safe surgery during childbirth? Could it be that we already know what space tourism will look like in 2040? May 31_June 1, graduates present their degree projects at Umeå Institute of Design’s yearly exhibition.

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Opening at Bildmuseet: C.R.E.A.M. / Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2018 10:42 GMT

​On Friday 4 May, Bildmuseet opens the annual graduate exhibition by master’s students at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. C.R.E.A.M. is the culmination of five years of study in Fine Arts. Welcome to the press preview on Thursday 3 May, at 10:00-12:00.

John Akomfrah's Purple opens at Bildmuseet

John Akomfrah's Purple opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Apr 03, 2018 09:39 GMT

​Bildmuseet presents a new work by British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, his most ambitious project to date. Purple is an immersive six-channel video installation addressing man's relationship to nature and to the planet. Press conference with John Akomfrah on Thursday 12 April 10:00-12:00, including a preview of the 60 minutes film work. The exhibition opens April 13 at 19:00.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Do Ho Suh / Passages

Opening at Bildmuseet: Do Ho Suh / Passages

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

On Friday 17 November, Bildmuseet will open a solo exhibition of the works of artist Do Ho Suh, his first in Scandinavia. The museum’s top floor will be taken up entirely by a large installation of his transparent fabric structures. The exhibition also includes video works and drawings in which the artist explores architecture in various ways as physical and mental spaces.

Dada is Dada – new exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

Dada is Dada – new exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

In the upcoming Dada is Dada exhibition, Bildmuseet presents paintings, drawings, documents, photography, collages, objects, sound recordings and films from one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. The exhibition opens on Friday evening 17 November.

Umeå Institute of Design ranked no 1 in the world – again

Umeå Institute of Design ranked no 1 in the world – again

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 09:08 GMT

For the second year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design is listed number one on the two top ranking institutes for product design educations in the world – Red Dot and iF. Landing a world-leading position yet again opens up for new collaborations with global organisations and corporations, at the same time as it further lifts student recruitment.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest

Opening at Bildmuseet: Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2017 14:12 GMT

​On Friday 20 October at 19:00 Bildmuseet opens a large exhibition by recognised artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar. The Sovereign Forest is a poetic response to the conflict over land and the resistance of local communities in the Indian state of Odisha. Press preview on Thursday 19 October at 10:00 – Welcome! The artist will participate.

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2017 11:00 GMT

DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2017 11:00 GMT

Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species

Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species

Press Releases   •   Jul 18, 2017 09:36 GMT

More species of birds have accumulated in genera inhabiting climatically stable areas. This is shown by a new study from Umeå University.

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

35 million SEK for interdisciplinary research on plant stress responses

Press Releases   •   Jun 16, 2017 10:00 GMT

Åsa Strand, Stefan Björklund and Martin Rosvall, all researchers at Umeå University, have been awarded 35 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research for a five-year research program on systems biology. The interdisciplinary project aims to map how plants react to abiotic stresses such as drought or extreme temperatures.

Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History

Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History

Press Releases   •   Jun 01, 2017 14:24 GMT

Blood, fire, earth, water and her own body; Ana Mendieta's poetic and striking works from the 1970s and 1980s are a delicate balancing act between vulnerability and strength. Welcome to Bildmuseet for a press preview on Thursday 15 June 10 am, of the largest presentation of Mendieta's artistry shown in Sweden to date.

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

Press Releases   •   May 30, 2017 07:45 GMT

All living organisms harbor complex chemical networks inside their cells. The sum of all these chemical reactions is the driving force of life and is called metabolism. In his thesis work, Stefano Papazian, Umeå University, Sweden, studies how plants adapt their metabolic networks to respond to different environmental stresses.

Monster Traps and Mars Rovers at UID’17 - Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Monster Traps and Mars Rovers at UID’17 - Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2017 09:30 GMT

Imagine a future where children don't need to fear scary monsters under their beds. What if NASA's next vehicle to explore Mars is already designed, in northern Sweden. Consider a tomorrow where breathing difficulties among newborn children in developing countries aren’t life-threatening anymore. June 1-2, graduates present their degree projects at Umeå Institute of Design’s yearly exhibition.

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Design students visualise children’s ideas for a disconnected future

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 07:57 GMT

What kind of communication devices are needed in a world where all electronic communication is out of order? Twelve ten year old children from Hällsbo school, a special school in Umeå, gave students at Umeå Institute of Design this task. On Monday 24 April the students present their results.

Run Faster! Be Stronger! Can technology make you better?

Run Faster! Be Stronger! Can technology make you better?

Press Releases   •   Mar 13, 2017 08:00 GMT

Technological growth is moving at a fast rate. As it advances, it simultaneously shrinks, moving closer to our bodies, intertwining with the many facets of our lives and positions itself between our experiences of the physical environments. When utilizing these technological systems in intense sporting activities, this competition for our focus can lead to problematic scenarios.

Body and brain timing can be trained

Body and brain timing can be trained

Press Releases   •   Feb 20, 2017 09:10 GMT

Good timing is vital in many situations of daily life, but is rarely something we consider. In a new dissertation from Umeå University, Olympia Karampela shows that our ability for timing is something that can be trained and it seems to be connected with our cognitive capacity.

Static electricity can control nanoballoon

Static electricity can control nanoballoon

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2016 06:45 GMT

Molecular sized machines could in the future be used to control important mechanisms in the body. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, Berkeley and Umeå University show how a nanoballoon comprising a single carbon molecule ten thousand times thinner than a human hair can be controlled electrostatically to switch between an inflated and a collapsed state.

Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene

Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene

Press Releases   •   Sep 16, 2016 08:30 GMT

The upcoming exhibtion at Bildmuseet, Sweden, brings together artists from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and the deep time. "Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene" is opened by Hans Adolfsson, Vice Chancellor at Umeå University, on Sunday October 2nd.

Umeå Institute of Design ranked best in the world

Umeå Institute of Design ranked best in the world

Press Releases   •   Sep 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

Both the prestigious Red Dot and iF rank Umeå Institute of Design (UID) at Umeå University as the best design school in Europe and the world. The school’s premises, in-house and external staff, and focus on relevant collaborations with companies and the design profession are some of the factors that the school’s students believe are the underlying reasons for their school’s success.