residencies: MarchJuly 2011, SeptemberDecember 2014

Brave New Alps (Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz) (Italy)

Brave New Alps 

is an art collective from Italy. It is created by Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz both graduated from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Faculty of Design. In 2010, they graduated together from the Royal College of Art in London in the Faculty of Communication Art & Design. Fabio and Bianca worked as project originators as part of the experimental study programme Campus in Camps in the Palestinian refugee camp of Dheisheh in 2012. Through their work Brave New Alps try to engage people in discussing, rethinking and intervening in social, political and environmental issues. The projects combine design research methods with radical pedagogy, conflict mediation, communication design as well as ‘DIY making techniques. In 2010, Brave New Alps won the Museion Art Prize in Bozen-Bolzano. In 2014, they were fellows at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart in Germany. During their residency at A-I-R Laboratory they will be working on a project Precarity Pilot whose assumption is to make design practices resilient in ways that do not only allow for financial stability, but that also allow for space to experiment. The workshops aim is to solve problems concern the uncertainty of designers work in the contemporary world.


  • Bianca Elzenbaumer 
    • is an Italian artist. In 2007, Bianca obtained a postgraduate certificate in International Peacebuilding & Conflict Mediation from the University of Bologna. In 2010 she obtained MA in Communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art in London and 3 years later she made a postgraduate certificate in Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she wrote her PhD thesis. She is now a Junior Research Fellow at Leeds College of Art.
  • Fabio Franz 
    • is an Italian artist. After graduation in 2010 from Communication Art & Design at Royal College of Art in London and currently writes Ph.D. thesis on creative practices and de-proletarianisation in The School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (UK).
Residency stay in 2011 implemented in cooperation with Museion Bolzano with the financial support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano.
This residency in 2014 is realized in collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude with the financial support of the City of Warsaw.