Event Information When: 4 May 2011, 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
Price: Free and open to the public
Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Design and Architecture, MoMA; Bjarke Ingels, BIG's founder and architect; Olympia Kazi, executive director, Van Alen Institute; John Seabrook, The New Yorker; Linda Tischler, senior editor, Fast Company; and Rob Walker, New York Times Magazine contributor.
Adam Harrison Levy is a writer and freelance documentary film producer and director. He has worked on a wide range of historical and arts films, primarily for the BBC. He was the U.S. producer for Selling the Sixties, a cultural history of the world of advertising in early 1960s New York, as well as for the BBC films Close Up, about the artist Chuck Close, and David Ogilvy: Original Mad Man. He has produced and directed countless interviews with a wide range of actors, writers, musicians and film-makers for the BBC and Channel 4.
The SVA D-Crit MFA in Design Criticism—the first of its kind in the United States—seeks to cultivate design criticism as a discipline with new writing and thinking that is imaginative, historically informed and socially accountable.
1:00 Registration, desserts and coffee
1:30 Opening remarks by Alice Twemlow
1:45 Keynote: Rob Walker, "Imaginary Objects and Fictional Critiques"
2:20 Opening remarks by Adam Harrison Levy
2:30 Amelie Znidaric, "Listen to Your Chair: Design and the Art of Storytelling"
2:45 Zachary Sachs, "Permanence as a Criterion"
3:00 Coffee break
3:15 Sarah F. Cox, "The Detroiter: Resident Design Initiatives"
3:30 Stephanie Jönsson, "Designing Sound: Aural Agency in the Twenty-First Century"
3:45 Kimberlie Birks, "Recreate: New Grounds for New York's Playgrounds"
4:00 Coffee break
4:15 Saundra Marcel, "Living Licensed: Consuming Characters in Girls' Popular Culture"
4:30 Michele Washington, "Untangling the Naps: The Afro Talks Back"
4:45 Aileen Kwun, "Mirror Image Maker: Looking at Music Videos of the Internet Age"
5:00 Coffee Break
5:15 Molly Heintz, "Going Public: Creation and Dissemination of the Designer's Identity"
5:45 Vera Sacchetti, "Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design"
6:00 Avinash Rajagopal, "Tinkering with Design: The Convergence of Design and Hacking"
6:30 Panel Discussion, "Speculatively Speaking: The Future of Design Criticism," featuring Paola Antonelli, Bjarke Ingels, Olympia Kazi, John Seabrook, Linda Tischler and Rob Walker
7:30 Closing Remarks