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SVA MFA Design Criticism (D-Crit)

Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference

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Join us on May 4 for “Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference,” starring graduating students from the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism Department. Moderated by writer and documentary film producer Adam Harrison Levy, and featuring New York Times Magazine contributor Rob Walker as keynote speaker and a panel of prominent design critics, the fast-paced half-day event will be held at the plush SVA Theatre in NYC and promises an action-packed afternoon of provocation and elucidation. 

The conference finale will be a panel discussion on the priorities, possibilities and impact of design criticism, between Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Design and Architecture, MoMA; Bjarke Ingels, BIG’s founder architect; Olympia Kazi, executive director, Van Alen Institute; John Seabrook, The New Yorker; Linda Tischler, senior editor, Fast Company; and Rob Walker, New York Times Magazine contributor. The conference will be rounded off with a reception where you can get to know better the next generation of design critics, editors, journalists, authors, curators, strategists, and educators 

The students’ topics range from the design of playgrounds to the use of sound as a communicative tool in design and architecture and from a consideration of decay and impermanence in design to an analysis of the Afro as visual archetype. Details at http://dcrit.sva.edu/conference2011.


1:00 Registration and coffee

1:30 Opening remarks by Alice Twemlow

1:45 Keynote: Rob Walker, “Imaginary Objects and Fictional Critiques”

2:20 Opening remarks by Adam Harrison Levy

2:30 Amelie Znidaric, Listen to Your Chair: Design and the Art of Storytelling

2:45 Zach Sachs, Permanence as a Criterion

3:00 Coffee break

3:15 Sarah Cox, The Detroiter: Resident Design Initiatives 

3:30 Stephanie Jönsson, Designing Sound: Aural Agency in the Twenty-First Century

3:45 Kim Birks, Recreate: New Grounds for New York’s Playgrounds

4:00 Coffee break

4:15 Saundra Marcel, Living Licensed: Consuming Characters in Girls’ Popular Culture

4:30 Michele Washington, Untangling the Naps: The Afro Talks Back

4:45 Aileen Kwun, Mirror Image Maker: Looking at Music Videos of the Internet Age

5:00 Coffee Break

5:15 Molly Heintz, Going Public: Creation and Dissemination of the Designer’s Identity

5:45 Vera Sacchetti, Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design

6:00 Avinash Rajagopal, Tinkering With Design: The Convergence of Design and Hacking

6:30 Panel Discussion, Speculatively Speaking: The Future of Design Criticism, featuring Paola Antonelli, Bjarke Ingels, Olympia Kazi, John Seabrook, Linda Tischler, and Rob Walker

7:30 Closing Remarks

8:00 Reception

Have questions about Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference? Contact MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

When & Where

Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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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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