GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS
Smart work on the street, from a sharp artist and close homie of ours — whatup GILF! The last two images are from a building where the landlord recently got old school NYC, and destroyed the building to displace rent-stabilized tenants. They’re in court now. See the video here.
Jan 23 – Feb 6
Artist Talks: Jan 25 @ 1pm
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
The dialectic between speculative design as a teaching method and as a means for developing new teaching tools presents a fertile ground for exploring innovative design pedagogy—providing the unexpected opportunities so cherished by designers. Without a design education that fosters a tangible, reflective practice of criticality, we allow the ideologies embedded in systems to achieve hegemonic status. We therefore not only encourage students to become designers of systems, but to become critics of systems. This exhibition seeks to present the perspectives of design educators working to inspire the kind of criticality for which these future designers are perfectly positioned.
Don’t you wish you could register for this class? These professors are incredible. The hotness. Etc.
As technologies become increasingly sophisticated, making formerly complex tasks “easier” and bolstering “efficiency,” what assumptions go unquestioned? What embedded, hidden ideologies wield influence over our culture? Technologies often conceal systems of which they are a part: iTunes doesn’t reveal to you its role in the corporate musical industrial complex. Apple’s supply chain isn’t etched into the back of an iPhone. The Nike Fuel Band doesn’t tell you that your focus on speed and points caused you to miss seeing a rare, endangered animal on a recent hike. Is there a place for technologies that invade our serene consciousness with ideas we might not want to acknowledge? Tools that don’t help us do things so easily? That confront and call into question our assumptions? Do water fountains that force you to ask another person for help in order to get water remind you that there are people in the world who always need the help of others, even to execute the seemingly simplest tasks?
Vote for this panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/23269
1. Collect all the data
2. Design all the data with integrity
4. Achieve universal knowledge and understanding
When Edward Tufte tweets mockingly of the leaked NSA slides, he does so as the self-anointed king of presenting evidence. Empiricism’s head cheerleader, he has built an empire on telling everyone—lowly marketer to NASA bigwig—what Truth looks like.
And we eat it up.
But he has also perpetuated a culture where power is held by those with the data. As we shift our appreciation for discourse to those with the willingness and know-how to compress communication into bits and bytes of data-visualization and infographics, to what dangers do we open ourselves up? Do we move towards a future where we communicate solely via visualization, swap talking for looking, and seek to represent our own nuanced belief systems with universal iconography?
Perhaps, when he’s done critiquing the PRISM’s big green arrows, Dr. Tufte can realize that he helped get us into this mess to begin with.
Vote for this SXSW 2013 panel here.
Help me get back to SXSW this year! In my panel, “The Designer’s Confrontational Imperative,” I’ll be enthusiastically imploring designers to design objects and experiences that question the embedded, hidden ideologies that wield influence over our culture. Hook me up with some votes!
Many in the DMI community have submitted panel proposals for SXSW Edu this year, and we need your help to get there! The programming for SXSW Edu, a smaller conference which takes place before the full SXSW festival, is selected via a voting process. Please vote for one or all of the…
We need your help to get our brains and our bodies to SXSW this year. There’s a great deal of important material here that needs to be discussed and foregrounded in society. Please help us do just that. Awesome.
Luminous Earth Grid, 1993 by Stuart Williams
Luminous Earth Grid, an array of 1,680 energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, swept over an area equal to 8 football fields. Said the artist, “I see the project as a poetic statement on the potential harmony between technology and nature.”
Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. Though housed in a CD jewel case, 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself.