D-Crit Lecture with åbäke: “Seriously Forks XI”
Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
After a mildly traumatic experience during a lecture in France, the design firm åbäke decided to consider the medium of the conference as a subject in itself.
åbäke is a graphic design practice based in the UK. Its partners, Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl and Maki Suzuki, met while studying at the Royal College of Art in London and founded their practice in 2000.The group works with and for a wide range of collaborators and clients including The Cardigans, Maison Martin Margiela, Peter Jensen, Bookworks, and the British Council. They co-edit and design the magazine Sexymachinery and co-direct Kitsuné, a clothing and record label. Their work often involves the orchestration of events and activities which encourage social interaction such as dancing, eating, cooking, and teaching. In their Trattoria event they prepared a multi-course meal for 40 people who sat on Martino Gamper’s chairs. Other projects include setting up a “plant exchange” at London’s Columbia Road Flower Market and a Kitsuné all-day disco as part of an exhibition at Somerset House in London.
When & Where
MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu
136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street
The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference.
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today.
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