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D-Crit Lecture with Markus Kayser, Can There Be Union between Nature and Technology in Fabrication?

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

New York, United States

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Product designer Markus Kayser will talk about his recent works Solar Sinter and Sun Cutter—projects that harness the power of sunlight to make objects, and thus pose a provocation to current manufacturing methods and blur the lines between science, art, and design. Kayser will discuss his views on contemporary design practice, considered in relation to invention, performance, technology, and nature.
 
Markus Kayser received his MA in Product Design from the Royal College of Art in London, UK, in 2011. His recent work, Solar Sinter, in which sunlight, sand, and a 3D printing process are used to produce glass objects, has received international media attention. Kayser is interested in the exploration of hybrid solutions, linking new technology and natural energy as a way to test new scenarios of production and material fabrication. Currently, Markus Kayser is working as a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab, in the Mediated Matter Group, which focuses on how digital and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems.

SVA MFA Design Criticism Lecture Series, Spring 2013
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.  
 
SVA Design Criticism Department 
136 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor
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We're pleased to announce details of the SVA MFA Design Criticism Spring 2013 Lecture Series, our ninth series to date. 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. Come for the lectures and stay for a chance to mingle with the speakers, D-Crit faculty members, and students.
 
The Spring series is specially curated and hosted by D-Crit first-year students and reflects their interests and obsessions, which include soft waterfront infrastructure, satire as a critical strategy, game design as a component of urban planning, fashion photography, and longform journalism, among other topics. Join us at D-Crit this semester for lectures by Narratively editor-in-chief Noah Rosenberg; inventor and product designer Markus Kayser; landscape architect Susannah Drake; IDEO’s education director Sandy Speicher; networked-device innovator Kati LondonThe New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti; author and columnist Virginia Postrel; and WNYC's "Studio 360" hostKurt Andersen.
 
Each lecture is followed by a lively Q&A session and refreshments in the D-Crit Reading Room. Lectures are free and open to the public but you do need to register to reserve your space.
Have questions about D-Crit Lecture with Markus Kayser, Can There Be Union between Nature and Technology in Fabrication?? Contact MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu
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136 West 21 Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)


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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

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. 

Please contact us for a tour and more information at dcrit@sva.edu. 

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