Eventually Everything: The 2012 D-Crit Conference

Eventually Everything: The 2012 D-Crit Conference

Wednesday, May 2, 12:30–7:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
No charge for admission; Registration required
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The 2012 D-Crit Conference, featuring graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism, and moderated by Change Observer co-editor Julie Lasky, will take place on May 2, 2012 at the Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. This year’s conference is comprised of four themed panels, each introduced by keynote speakers, including media historian Stuart Ewen; Pentagram partner Michael Bierut; 2×4 founding partner Michael Rock; cultural historian Jeffrey Schnapp; and Interboro Partners principal Daniel D’Oca. Topics to be addressed include the absence of firearms in design collections, the persistence of an anti-ornament bias in architectural discourse, Main Street USA as rhetorical trope, and the need for designers to make repairable products.

Register today and join D-Crit faculty, students, and guest speakers for a richly programmed afternoon of provocation, insight, and inspiration.

Eventually Everything: The 2012 D-Crit Conference
Wednesday, May 2, 12:30–7:00 p.m.

Panel 1: Calculated Nostalgia
Keynote Speaker: Stuart Ewen
Anna Kealey, Unpacking the Pastoral Food Package: Myth-Making in Graphic Design
Ann Weiser, Main Street, USA and the Power of Myth
Katya Mezhibovskaya, Collection/Recollection: On the Place and Meaning of Nostalgia in Home Merchandising and the Domestic Interior

Panel 2: Working/Not Working
Keynote speaker: Daniel D’Oca
Derrick Mead, Designing for Repair: Things can be Fixed
Erin Routson, Towers to Town Homes: Public Housing, Policy, and Design in the US

Panel 3: Speaking Surfaces
Keynote speaker: Michael Bierut
Keynote speaker: Michael Rock
Cheryl Yau, Intrinsi Expressions: Uncovering the Performativity of Figurative Typography
Julia van den Hout, Graphic Ornament in Interior Architecture

Panel 4: Man, Machine, Morality
Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Schnapp
Amna Siddiqui, Whiz Kids: Exploring New Definitions of Touch Through Intelligent Play
Tara Gupta, Honed/Toned: A Critique of Fitness Culture
Barbara Eldredge, Missing the Modern Gun: Object Ethics in Collections of Design

Last year’s conference featured a panel with Paola Antonelli, Linda Tischler, Olympia Kazi, Rob Walker, John Seabrook, and Bjarke Ingels. View videos of Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference here.

D-Crit Conference Moderator:

Julie Lasky is co-editor of Change Observer, a Web site devoted to design for social impact, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in association with the Winterhouse Foundation. At D-Crit she teaches Reporting on Design and Social Change and will be a core faculty member of the SVA Design Writing and Research Intensive, June 18–29.

D-Crit Conference Keynote Speakers:

Michael Bierut is a partner in the international design consultancy Pentagram and a co-founder of the online design magazine Design Observer. A selection of his pithy essays has been collected under the title Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). Michael has taught blogging at D-Crit and lectured on Design, Writing, Teaching: Not my Real Job.

Stuart Ewen is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College, and in the Ph.D. Programs in History, Sociology and American Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center. He helped define the field of Media Studies with books such as PR! A Social History of Spin (1996), All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture (1987; 1999), and Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture (1976).

Daniel D’Oca is Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Design School, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, an architecture, planning, and research firm. Daniel, who specializes in the politics of the contemporary built environment in America, has been a guest critic at D-Crit in Karrie Jacobs’ Urban Curation class and, with the other principals of Interboro, has lectured on Advocacy and Pluralism in Architecture.

Michael Rock is a founding partner and Creative Director at 2×4, and Director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Michael, whose expertise spans graphic design and architecture, has lectured at D-Crit on Superficiality: Dematerialization and Branded Surfaces.

Jeffrey Schnapp is the faculty director of metaLAB at Harvard, a research and teaching collaborative dedicated to exploring networked culture in the arts and humanities. His most recent books are Speed Limits (Skira) and The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press). Also forthcoming in 2012 is Digital Humanities (MIT Press), a book co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner.

For full speaker bios, confirmed schedule, and presentation descriptions, visit the conference website.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012
    12:30 pm

  • Where: 

    Visual Arts Theatre, c/o SVA Design Criticism MFA Department
    333 West 23rd Street
    Visual Arts Theatre
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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