Camilla Soeby and Philip Jensen (Cumulus Student Ambassadors) reporting from Kolding and Bengaluru

’We learn everyday but these days in Bangalore gave me knowledge enough for
many days to come.’’ Camilla Soeby
‘’The cumulus conference in Bangalore has certainly left a mark in my soul that is going to take years to remove.’’ Philip Jensen

Two great student ambassadors from Design School Kolding, Denmark: Camilla Soeby and Philip Jensen took part in two consecutive Cumulus conferences in 2017 within the Cumulus Student Ambassador program.
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Camilla Soeby:
Cumulus in Kolding

I attended the Cumulus conference in Kolding in May 2017 as student ambassador for Design School Kolding. I showed up on the first day with Philip, who’s the other student ambassador. I had no clued what to expect. I knew about Cumulus but not about the work it does in real life and all the talented people from design schools all over the world who attends.

From the very first moment I felt welcomed. Welcomed into this little world of
knowledge sharing, friendship, collaborations and high visions upon design. The program was exciting with everything from keynotes to intimate discussions and having the week ending with Danish Design Award completed Cumulus in Kolding 2017. We made sure to clap and yell a little louder when Design School Kolding students were up for nomination.

I felt like we got to share the Kolding-­‐spirit on design, both now and in the future. How can we redo? Redo is about thinking differently and make sure that we work towards creating a better future for all of us.

The decorations at school, the exhibitions, the food, the students and the staff did
a fantastic job at making the framework for the conference as good as possible. I hope everyone had a great time at our Kolding Design School attending the Cumulus conference REDO.

Cumulus in Bangalore

The next cumulus conference was in November 2017 in Bangalore, India.
I don’t think I quite understood that we were going to India until we landed in
Bangalore airport. The next Cumulus conference was about to start and we where going to be there again. It’s a real privilege to attend yet another conference with a new perspective on what design is -­‐ and can be in the future.

The first keynote about “Time“ made me be present, open-­‐minded and grateful. I
was in India, in Bangalore, at JN auditorium and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. I was also in the city on a studiovisit, an artwalk, a workshop and a beautiful concert with local folk music etc.

The theme ‘Letters to the future’ addressed problems about climate, learning,
social inclusion and mental health. We are now even more aware that it takes a balanced mind to be able to make a change in the world. Our actions function as a letter that we send to the future. Our actions will have an impact on what is to come, so we try to do it better today and even better tomorrow.

We learn everyday but these days in Bangalore gave me knowledge enough for
many days to come. I will make sure to use my new knowledge as I continue my
educations at home in Denmark at Design School Kolding.

Philip Jensen:
Cumulus Kolding

At Cumulus in Kolding I did not know what to expect. I was a bit pressured for time because of the exams coming up and I remember feeling that the timing was horrible. But I came to realize that timing is never in your favour and the conference was a huge blessing in disguise, as I met tons of great people and gained additional perspective on things.

On the first evening I stumbled into professor Xiao Yong from CAFA and met his peers and students as well. We later in the week attended Danish Design Award and saw what Danish Design can offer.

In addition to meeting interesting people and hearing great peer-reviewed papers I helped contribute to the workshop “Stand Up for Democracy”. It was a crazy two-day workshop where we ran across campus to interview people about their take on democracy. It all ended up in this huge and interesting discussion about what democracy is, can and should be doing for us and our society.

All in all it was a great week and also really exciting to introduce the world to all the weirdness and quality of being a Dane.

Cumulus Bangalore

Together with Camilla I had the wonderful joy of attending The Cumulus Conference in Bangalore. Having been to the one in our home town we were excited to go visit another country and see their take on a conference. The theme “letters to the future” was beautifully orchestrated from speeches, to workshop as well as peer-reviewed papers and much much more.

It was nice to go to India and meet up with the same people you did in Kolding thus getting to better know each other and exchange stories and experiences on the things that happened from last time.

The scale, traffic and relationship to time is hugely different in India than in Denmark which made sure everything felt fresh and new for me. It was fun reflecting on how you go about your daily life and if there might be room for changes. Bengalore and Shristi certainly gave me a lot of perspective.

A theme that recurred was giving the meaning and power back to students both in the lower ends of school as well as in regards to the higher academia. Stories both from the Himalaya as well as Malmo University really opened my eyes for the possibility of inclusion in proper education and how it affects people’s ability to learn and grow as humans.

The cumulus conference in Bangalore has certainly left a mark in my soul that is going to take years to remove.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Cumulus Student Ambassador Program is a special student award and merit-based initiative of the Cumulus International Association of Art, Design and Media that recognizes exceptional student leaders from the universities and institutions hosting the Cumulus Association Annual Conferences. Each year, Cumulus invites a total of four Student Ambassadors (two per annual conference) to contribute their singular voices to the Association’s Conferences and the Cumulus community overall.

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