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Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference
School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Friday, April 30, 2010

SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to [email protected] or 212.592.2228

More information and an updated schedule can be found at http://www.dcrit.sva.edu

Kurt AndersenReset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew AmericaTurn of the Century

Peter Hall is a design critic, and senior lecturer in design at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine since 2000 and has written widely about design in its various forms, including gaming, elevators, building graphics, bridges, neon lights and office chairs, for publications including Print, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He wrote and co-edited the books Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist, Sagmeister: Made You Look and Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics.

John Thackara writes, lectures and organizes conferences about design’s role in driving social change. Thackara founded the international conference and design futures network Doors of Perception, which now has offices in Amsterdam and Bangalore. In 2008, he was the commissioner of City Eco Lab at Cité du Design in St. Etienne, the French design biennial. Thackara’s most recent book is In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World (MIT Press, 2006).

STUDENT SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Hala Abdul Malak, “Al-Kafiye: A Potent Symbol Uncovered”

Amelia Black, “Design Smells: Odorous Rhetoric for Embodied Experience”

John Cantwell, “Car Sharing: Applications and Implications”

Frederico Duarte, “Alvorada: How Social Change Is Shaping Brazilian Design and Creating Brazil’s Own Design Model”

Chappell Ellison, “Design in the Dark: Finding Meaning in the Multiplex”

Laura Forde, “Objects to be Read, Words to be Seen: Design and Visual Language in the Films of Jean-Luc Godard 1959–1967″

Sarah Froelich, “Dansk Designs: Reinventing the American Tabletop, 1954-1985″

Katie Henderson, “Two Decades of Failure, Betrayal & Disaster: The Production Design of Wes Anderson’s Films as it Relates to the Family Dynamic”

Emily Leibin, “Hidden Nature: Elroy Webber’s Connecticut Valley Modern Homes”

William Myers, “Bacteria Building for Sustainability: The Convergence of Design and Biology in the 21st Century”

Mike Neal, “Tabula Rubra: Critical Reflections on the Design of Mars”

Becky Quintal, “Import/Export: Delivering Architecture in a Public-Friendly Format”

Alan Rapp, “The Esoteric City: Urban Exploration and the Reclamation of the Built Environment”

Angela Riechers, “Designing Grief: Personal Memorial Objects in the 21st Century”

Jim Wegener, “Lived-In: User Experience in Architecture and Design Criticism”

ABOUT D-CRIT:

The MFA in Design Criticism trains students to research, analyze and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. The two-year, graduate program emphasizes the skills and knowledge relevant to those who wish to apply critical thinking about design through a range of media including exhibitions, radio, online and print journalism, events and publishing. Drawing on the broadest possible definition of design, the curriculum addresses graphic, Web and product design as well as fashion, urban planning and network systems.

For more information, please contact program chair, Alice Twemlow at [email protected] or visit http://www.dcrit.sva.edu

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April 12, 2010