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Hilde Kramer

What role can illustration play in a complex and visually overloaded society? How can a project benefit from involving the viewer in the research and development? These questions in a commemoration project dedicated to  the children who died during Wielka Spera  (the Nazi deportations from the Jewish ghetto Litzmannstadt in September 1942). The participation with the viewer in a drawing process / participatory design are the main areas of investigation.


Visual storytelling:

Keynote: Visual storytelling: Making a picture book on Frida Kahlo´s Life And Art Through Analog And Digital Resources

University College of Bergen June 1st 2017

Keynote: Visual storytelling: Making a picture book on Frida Kahlo´s Life And Art Through Analog And Digital Resource

In the years after her death in 1954 Frida Kahlo´s work was little known outside the Surrealist society and the Mexican art scene. But in the 21st century she is widely recognized all over the world. 

Det hjertet husker (What the heart remembers) is a fictional picture book aimed to convey her art to children. This keynote discusses affordances of analogue and digital tools in an illustration process where biographical details and recognition of the artists work is of importance.


Seminar Vekst.Verk

24.august 2017 Dramatikkens hus



SŁUCHAJĄC KAMIENI // warsztaty (workshop, Lodz Polen)

30.august 2017


Rethinking Memory Culture

This is a  international crossdisciplinary cooperation project between the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, UiB, University College of Volda (Norway), University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Germany), University of Łódź (Poland), the Strzeminski Art Academy (Poland), Centrum Dialogu im. Marka Edelmana Łódź (Poland), Falstadsenteret (Norway) and the Polin Museum (Poland). It was initiated in 2016 and is centered around a yearly workshop in Lodz until 2020. The central question of the workshop is: How can we convey the Holocaust to a young audience? We focuse on developing concepts within visual communication and participatory design. You develop your skills in research, cross-disciplinary design thinking, participatory design. The course takes place in Gdansk, Chełmno and Łódź in Poland, and focuses on the history of the Jewish ghetto during WWII, and challenges of the area today.

Hilde Kramer has been a Professor of Illustration at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design since 2014. She has illustrated a number of books, particularly picture books for children. Among other things, she has written the texts to her own books and worked on animated films. Kramer’s illustrations use various techniques such as drawing, graphics, painting and computer art. Kramer holds a degree in graphic design from the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Oslo (Statens håndverks- og kunstindustriskole i Oslo) and the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, Poland. She has also studied creative communication at Akershus University College and Entrepreneurship in Education and Management at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The work of an illustrator often involves entering into other people’s projects and not only viewing the world through their eyes, but also visualising it. While this can challenge one’s own perception of identity, it simultaneously creates new perspectives and, in many cases, expands one’s horizons, an understanding Kramer takes with her and actively uses in her research.

Kramer’s artistic research largely deals with identity and occupational roles in general, and with highlighting the illustrator’s role, identity and occupational opportunities in particular. In the context of identity, Kramer examines the use of visual rhetoric, semiotics and semiology. Since semiotics is an integrative discipline embracing both music, art and design, can it serve as a common language within a constellation of these fields?