Seminar for the exhibition
Rapprochement - from message to propaganda.

Signs and symbols are influencing peoples’ subconscious. This practice can be used in many ways, from directing movement to attacking innocent people. Traffic signs, with their shapes and colors, tell our subconscious to stop, to be careful, or to be ready for a threat. The role of posters, companies’ logos, and advertisements is to attract our attention. But certain symbols and graphics can summon hatred, fear, and the urge to fight. These were and still are used in political propaganda. Knowing that symbols and graphics can evoke strong feelings in people, especially connected with their culture and nationality, gives empowerment that can be dangerous for a whole nation. In this seminar we will talk about role of symbolism in the past and modern propaganda.


The main task of the seminarians will be to answer the question about whether certain shapes and colors influence negative emotions in our subconscious. Seminarians will work on examples of symbols related to national history and political groups from all of the countries which participate in TICASS project, to discuss and, above all, to compare, what in these symbols evokes extreme emotions. The seminarians will further explore whether the symbolism is similar in every country.

12 of May, 2:00 pm,