October 19, 2020

Design events fall 2020

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

[1] Ekene Ijeoma, Pan African AIDS, 2020. Photo: Kris Graves. [2] Atif Akin, Tepoto Sud morph Moruroa, 2018. Digital animation still. [3] Sophie Auger, Unknown Artist Archive, 2020. Website.

The Department of Art & Design at Rutgers New Brunswick is proud to announce online fall events reflecting and supporting the school’s MFA in Design program. These talks range widely across creative work, methods and issues related to research-driven design and are all free and open to all. Please join us.

Ekene Ijeoma​: Poetic Justice Group, MIT
Thursday October 22, 6–7:30pm
Ekene Ijeoma is an artist, professor at MIT, and the founder and director of the Poetic Justice group at MIT Media Lab. Through both his studio and lab at MIT, Ijeoma researches social inequality across multiple fields including social science to develop artworks in sound, video, multimedia, sculpture and installation.

In summer 2020, Ijeoma released A Counting, his first artwork with Poetic Justice. It’s an ongoing series of video-based and sound-based portraits of the US which explore the linguistic and ethnic inequality in the US Census by counting to a hundred with a different language for each number. Currently there are three city-specific editions for New York City, Houston and Omaha, developed in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Register

Entanglement: Design Faculty Panel
Thursday November 19, 6–7:30pm
Entanglement expresses the interdependent scientific, social and environmental issues that define the current moment and how they are leading to enormous complexity, change, and crisis. Rutgers design faculty will explore how their work considers the interconnection and interaction of multiple realities, in projects that address ecology, technology, and social justice. Presenters include: Atif Akin, Gerry Beegan, Bo-Won Keum, Sasha Portis, Chris Rypkema, Laurel Schwulst, Mindy Seu, Jackie Thaw. Register

MFA in Design: Info Session
Tuesday November 10, 6–7pm
Faculty and MFA candidates share more about this new research-driven graduate track at Rutgers. This program is ideal for active visual designers and other makers who seek to deepen their skills, in order to initiate their own projects and contribute to and lead collaborative project teams. Register

About the MFA in Design
The Rutgers MFA in Design is a two-year full-time course of study that prepares designers for a contemporary design studio practice that contributes to the future of arts, science, humanities and technology. The curriculum focuses on the innovative use of technology and interdisciplinary research in the creation of publications, experiences, exhibitions, information, and interfaces. This new MFA program is housed in, and builds upon, the community, resources and faculty of the Department of Art & Design, as well as the wider university.

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