Dear Diary ...

Michael Jabareen

Michael Jabareen presents a normal day in the life of dictator Abu Lsanat in his project DEAR DIARY…

Michael Jabareen

Usually I am a very normal person who is hyper active, social, and likes to experiment with new things all the time. The rest of the time, I am just an undercover storyteller - #exposed - in the shape of a collective, experimental designer/artist who works on the development of art expression methodologies and the effective connection with their audience through experimenting the integration of different schools of art, both visual and performative. A person who tell stories, communicates, and speaks out for humanitarian and environmental causes. Coming from an Architectural Engineering academic background and linking it with a wide range of different schools of art and design, I followed my passion to make art leads my action to influence social and individual practices using the power of image in visual communication and behavioral guidance.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Enjoying the flow of opportunities and challenges in life. We live in a rapidly changing world with us learning and developing our dreams everyday.

What is a good design for you?

A design that reaches out to its audience and delivers the message.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Filling this form! However, the second most challenging is surviving through the intensive lifestyle between university, work, social activism, and health (mental and physical).

Who or what inspires you?

Having a higher purpose of existence; that we are not born to go with the flow and live a normal life. This idea is refilling me with energy and motive to take a breath and crash any obstacle with determination.

How do you approach a new project?

Extensive research and crossed fingers! Add to that loads of staring to a blank paper and brainstorming without sketching but the final draft. P.S. I sketch in my head!

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Do not consider yourself a student, but a professional designer/artist. Believe it and live it. Self-confidence is important to be motivated to learn and critic yourself and your work before others as much as it is important to achieve and accomplish impactful creations and projects. Be active, active and active!

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Yes, I successfully survived my 28 years of life as a start, but while surviving another year, I had the chance to learn more about the technological aspects of art and design, push myself forward to explore with new possibilities and software to create, and the chance to be connected with a bunch of unique well-respected designers (professors and lecturers) and colleagues who come from different professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

The addiction to practically explore new fields of design and art - not purely academic - and experiment in combining different practices of design.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Online classes, using Teams, and winter.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With one hand up.
P.S. I broke my left hand wrist :P

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Isabel von der Ahe