October 6, 2015

Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice 2015–16 exhibitions, symposia, and events

ArtCenter College of Design
Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City. Installation view. Courtesy Amika Gair-Macmichael.

Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice is an initiative of the graduate programs in Art and Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design. The Wind Tunnel, situated between the two programs in a former supersonic jet testing facility on ArtCenter’s south campus, is a forum for speakers, conferences, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, and publications.

All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free.
Sponsored by Graduate Art & Graduate Media Design Practices (MDP)

September 17–October 30, 2015
Closing reception: October 29, 5–10pm
Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City exhibition
L.A. preview for the 2015 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture curated by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee

October 29, 6–9pm
“Indexical Landscapes” symposium

MDP Design Dialogues, curated and moderated by Shannon Mattern with: Emily Bills, Tim Durfee, Jesse LeCavalier, Mark Vallianatos, Lorie Velarde, Jason Weems, Richard Wheeler
(part of Now, There closing reception)

November 3, 7–9pm
Teddy Cruz
Graduate Art Lecture Series
Organized by Bruce Hainley and Annette Weisser

November 4, 7–9pm
Glenn Phillips
Toyota Lecture Series hosted by Graduate Art

November 9–17
Design That Makes a Difference exhibition
People-Centered Projects from Norway, UK, and the U.S.

November 19, 6–8pm
Shannon Mattern
MDP Design Dialogues

November 30, 7–9pm
Alain Badiou
Graduate Art Lecture Series

December 10, 7–10pm
Grad Art Open Studios + MDP Work-in-Progress Show

February 11, 7–9pm
“Alt-D: Design, Technology, and Criticality” symposium
with Shaowen Bardzell, Carl DiSalvo, Anthony Dunne
MDP Design Dialogues curated and moderated by Anne Burdick

February 24, 6–8pm
Keller Easterling
Toyota Lecture Series hosted by MDP

March 3, 4–6pm
Edward Shanken
MDP Design Dialogues

April 21, 6–10pm
Grad Art Open Studios + MDP Thesis Show reception

Priority deadline is February 1, 2016 for fall 2016 admissions into Graduate Art and Graduate Media Design Practices.


Graduate Art is an interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts program that encourages divergent ideas and methods. The result is an intense work environment in which concentrated artmaking is assured equally concentrated and careful attention, whether within specific disciplines or among them: film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and everything in between.


Media Design Practices/Lab+Field brings interdisciplinary design and technology practices to a world of cultural and social change. Graduates get an MFA in Media Design through one of two tracks: Lab or Field. In the Lab track, students work with emerging ideas from technology, science, and culture, using design as a mode of inquiry in a studio context. In the Field track, students work in a developing world context where social issues, media infrastructure, and communication technology intersect.



Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice 2015–16 exhibitions, symposia, and events at ArtCenter College of Design

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