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Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference

SVA Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism

Friday, May 2, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference

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Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference
Presented by SVA MFA in Design Criticism
Friday, May 2, 12:30–7:30 p.m.
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC
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You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, May 2, 2014 in celebration of a new generation of design critics, editors, authors, curators, researchers, and educators. "Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference" promises a fast-paced afternoon packed with fresh thinking about design, featuring SVA MFA Design Criticism graduating students, British architecture critic and Strelka Press directorJustin McGuirk and, as guest speakers: novelist and critic Nicholson Baker;curator of Design and Architecture at Hong Kong's M+ museum Aric Chen; material anthropologist and researcher Emily Stokes-Rees; and digital humanities advocate Peter Lunenfeld

Thanks to the generous support of our supporting partners, including Mailchimp, the 2014 D-Crit conference is free and open to the public, but you do need to sign up to save your comfortable seat in the SVA Theatre. You are welcome to join us for one or all of the presentations.
Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference
Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:30–7:30 p.m.

12:30  Registration and refreshments
1:00   Alice Twemlow, Opening Remarks
1:15   Nicholson Baker, "Wrapping Sentences Around Things"
2:00   Justin McGuirk, Opening Remarks
2:15   Emily Stokes-Reese, "Museumizing the National Imagination: Reflections on Citizenship and Time Traveling"
2:45   Anne Quito: "Designing a Country from Scratch: Nation Branding in South Sudan"
3:00   Anna Marie Smith: "Materializing Miniature Living: The Rise of Tiny Houses and Micro-Apartments"
3:15   Q&A: Emily Stokes-Rees, Anne Quito, Anna Marie Smith
3:30   Coffee Break
3:45    Aric Chen: "Building a Visual Culture Museum from Zero, or The World, from Another Point of View"
4:15    Nawar N. Al-Kazemi: "Khaleeji Design: An Imported Aesthetic?"
4:30    Sandra Nuut: "Curating Critically: New Forms of Fashion Exhibition"
4:45    Amanda Vallance: "Thinking Through Chinese High Fashion Design"
5:00    Q&A: Aric Chen, Nawar N. Al-Kazemi, Sandra Nuut, Amanda Vallance
5:15    Coffee Break
5:30    Peter Lunenfeld: "Your Client is the Future"
6:00    Lynda Decker: "Sex Wax on the Subway: Mythology and the Urban Surfer"
6:15    Caterina Francisca: "Designers in White Lab Coats: When Design Meets Scientific Research"
6:30    Q&A: Peter Lunenfeld, Lynda Decker,Caterina Francisca
6:45    Closing Remarks
7:30    Reception
D-Crit Conference Guest Speakers: 
Justin McGuirk (moderator) is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank. His book, Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture will be published by Verso in 2014.

Nicholson Baker is an American writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has authored numerous books, including The MezzanineA Box of Matches, and The Anthologist, in which designed objects are described in meticulous detail, and writes about technology for The New Yorker. In 1999, Baker established a non-profit corporation, the American Newspaper Repository, to rescue old newspapers from destruction by libraries. He received a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for his nonfiction book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.
Aric Chen is curator of Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture being built in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District. He previously served as creative director of Beijing Design Week, helping to successfully relaunch that event in 2011 and 2012. Formerly based in New York, Chen has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and projects internationally, and has been a frequent contributor to publications including The New York TimesFast CompanyWallpaper*Architectural Record and PIN-UP.

Emily Stokes-Rees is a material anthropologist whose research centers on cultural citizenship and representation in postcolonial Asia. After receiving a doctorate from Oxford in 2007, Stokes-Rees spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. Currently based at Harvard, Stokes-Rees is a resident dean at Cabot House and a lecturer in the Anthropology Department. Recent publications include "Recounting History: Constructing a National Narrative in the Hong Kong Museum of History" (National Museums: New Studies from Around the World, 2011) and "Making Sense of a Melange: Representing Cultural Citizenship in Singapore’s Asian Civilizations Museum" (Museum Anthropology, 2013). 

Peter Lunenfeld’s books include The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine (MIT, 2011), USER: InfoTechnoDemo (MIT, 2005) and Digital_Humanities (co-author, MIT, 2012). As creator and editorial director of the Mediawork project, Lunenfeld produced a pamphlet series for the MIT Press that redefined the relationship between serious academic discourse and graphic design, and between book publishing and the World Wide Web. He is a professor in the Design Media Arts department at UCLA.
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SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Friday, May 2, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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