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Them & Us

Lundmark, Fabian (2015) In Diploma work IDEL01 20151
Industrial Design
Abstract
In the quest for a better future some unemployed
EU-citizens travel to Sweden. Finding a job is
difficult and many are instead making a living
begging. Cars, tunnels, parks and other shady
places of our society become temporary homes.
The authorities demolish some of these “camps”
and the residents are accused for stealing bicycles,
dogs and garden gnomes. Rumours and myths
start to grow.

In Swedish cities begging is a relatively new
phenomenon. What should be done and who
is responsible has become much debated. This
project investigates and reflects upon begging
EU-citizens in Lund. It is focused more on the
reactions caused by begging rather than the
beggars themselves.

The result is a commercial product: a porcelain... (More)
In the quest for a better future some unemployed
EU-citizens travel to Sweden. Finding a job is
difficult and many are instead making a living
begging. Cars, tunnels, parks and other shady
places of our society become temporary homes.
The authorities demolish some of these “camps”
and the residents are accused for stealing bicycles,
dogs and garden gnomes. Rumours and myths
start to grow.

In Swedish cities begging is a relatively new
phenomenon. What should be done and who
is responsible has become much debated. This
project investigates and reflects upon begging
EU-citizens in Lund. It is focused more on the
reactions caused by begging rather than the
beggars themselves.

The result is a commercial product: a porcelain cup
for coffee or tea. It comments the phenomenon
in both an aesthetic and conceptual way. The
cup is casted from a disposable paper cup that
was used for collecting money in Lund. When
looking down into the cup you will see a number
of coins, 1,15 €, which equals to the World
Bank’s definition of extreme poverty.

My expectations were to make a project that
would help these people, and with help I meant
making them stop begging and do something
else. The project didn’t reach these expectations.
Instead I gained knowledge about the ethical and
psychological aspects of giving and begging, and
why begging provoked me in the first place.

My product will not solve the inequalities
within the EU where citizens systematically are
oppressed and forced to move because of their
ethnicity. Neither will it make begging disappear.
The cup serves as a symbol of poverty and
reminds the user that injustice exists.

I find this project important because it’s an
example of how you as a student or designer
can work with topics you find important, and
use your position and methods to say and do
something.

In my product I take no clear stand on whether
begging is right or wrong, or how you should act.
With a simple product, I hope to convey the idea
that it could have been you. You being born into
a society where your brightest future plans was to
travel to a city in the south of Sweden and make
your living by asking for money on the streets. (Less)
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author
Lundmark, Fabian
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IDEL01 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
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Diploma work
report number
ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--15/50273—SE
ISSN
ISRN
language
English
id
7451610
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  abstract     = {In the quest for a better future some unemployed
EU-citizens travel to Sweden. Finding a job is
difficult and many are instead making a living
begging. Cars, tunnels, parks and other shady
places of our society become temporary homes.
The authorities demolish some of these “camps”
and the residents are accused for stealing bicycles,
dogs and garden gnomes. Rumours and myths
start to grow.

In Swedish cities begging is a relatively new
phenomenon. What should be done and who
is responsible has become much debated. This
project investigates and reflects upon begging
EU-citizens in Lund. It is focused more on the
reactions caused by begging rather than the
beggars themselves.

The result is a commercial product: a porcelain cup
for coffee or tea. It comments the phenomenon
in both an aesthetic and conceptual way. The
cup is casted from a disposable paper cup that
was used for collecting money in Lund. When
looking down into the cup you will see a number
of coins, 1,15 €, which equals to the World
Bank’s definition of extreme poverty.

My expectations were to make a project that
would help these people, and with help I meant
making them stop begging and do something
else. The project didn’t reach these expectations.
Instead I gained knowledge about the ethical and
psychological aspects of giving and begging, and
why begging provoked me in the first place.

My product will not solve the inequalities
within the EU where citizens systematically are
oppressed and forced to move because of their
ethnicity. Neither will it make begging disappear.
The cup serves as a symbol of poverty and
reminds the user that injustice exists.

I find this project important because it’s an
example of how you as a student or designer
can work with topics you find important, and
use your position and methods to say and do
something.

In my product I take no clear stand on whether
begging is right or wrong, or how you should act.
With a simple product, I hope to convey the idea
that it could have been you. You being born into
a society where your brightest future plans was to
travel to a city in the south of Sweden and make
your living by asking for money on the streets.},
  author       = {Lundmark, Fabian},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {Them & Us},
  year         = {2015},
}