Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference
The School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism Department presents “Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference,” organized by graduating D-Crit students. Moderated by D-Crit faculty member, award-winning author and “Studio 360” host Kurt Andersen, the inaugural event will feature thesis presentations by all 15 graduating students alongside professional critics and thinkers including design visionary and Doors of Perception founder John Thackara and author and educator Peter Hall. The fast-paced, daylong forum will be held at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Friday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
When: 30 Apr 2010, 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Where: Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
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Event photography by John Messinger.
|9:30||Registration and Coffee|
|10:00||Opening remarks by Alice Twemlow, Kurt Andersen|
|10:15||Keynote: Peter Hall, “The Uses of Failure”
The discourse of design is obsessed with success: design problems are “solved” and gorgeous publicity shots are released along with polished tales of brilliant ideas. Weaned on the new and the novel, we tend to reduce design to looks and discuss it in effervescent prose before anyone has a chance to use it. Yet in truth the practice of design is premised on failure, and a failed design is often one in which all the wrangling, hidden agendas and vested interests that preceded it are laid open for inspection. Peter will argue for a criticism that seeks out failure, because in failure lies the key to the inner workings of design.
|11:00||Hala Abdul Malak
“al-Kafiye: A Potent Symbol Uncovered—Design, Identity, Icon, Concept”
“Bacteria Building for Sustainability: The Convergence of Design and Biology in the 21st Century”
“Alvorada: How Social Change Is Shaping Brazilian Design and Creating Brazil’s Own Design Model”
“Lived-In: User Experience in Architecture and Design Criticism”
|12:15||Amelia Black, “Design Smells: Criticism in an Olfactory World”|
|12:30||Becky Quintal, “Import/Export: Delivering Architecture in a Public-Friendly Format”|
|1:45||Keynote 2: John Thackara, “The Revelation”
What needs writing about? Where? And, how does one get paid for doing so? The first one is easy, says John: describe humanity’s new place in a catabolically challenged world— and use stories from the field to do so. Concerning where: do this in the bioregion of your choice—and consider speaking the words in a place rather than press “send.” For John’s revelations on the money question: see you in the SVA theatre at 1:45 p.m.
“Mad about Dansk”
“Hidden Nature: Rediscovering Elroy Webber’s Modern Architecture”
“Amateur/Auteur: Jean-Luc Godard’s Critical Appropriation of Graphic Design in the 1960s”
“Permanent Ephemera: Memory, Forgetting and Editorialized Recall”
“Two Decades of Failure, Betrayal & Disaster: The Production Design of Wes Anderson’s Films as it Relates to the Family Dynamic”
“The Shadow City”
“Design in the Dark: Finding Meaning in the Multiplex”
“Cars, Car Sharing and the Future Pragmatic”
“Tabula Rubra: Critical Reflections on the Design of Mars”
|5:15||Summary and closing remarks|
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