Connection for the common good
Oliver Blank (left) partners with Director of Comparative Arts Nicola Conraths-Lange (right) during an exercise.
Comparative arts students participate in a "three compliments" activity.
Comparative arts students complete an exercise about human connectedness.
Jimenez and Blank (foreground) lead an exercise.
Blank and Jimenez are co-founders of Outside, a human-centered design agency that seeks to design and create objects that will reduce suffering, encourage peace and increase health and well-being. Jimenez and Blank have previously worked with Google, UNICEF, Thought Works, Lego and UNHCR, among others.
During the two-week residency, the students worked with Blank and Jimenez to develop a concept for an arts-related mobile application that would be produced by and for the Interlochen community.
The students also spent time exploring physical and emotional well-being, as fostering such feelings in the audience is a key component of Jimenez and Blank’s work. Blank and Jimenez led the students in a variety of exercises designed to help them connect with themselves and others.
The young artists also continued work on their personal annual projects, which will be presented in an end-of-year showcase on May 17.