May 19, 2005
The Design of Dissent
Friday, June 3 - Saturday, July 2, 2005
School of Visual Arts presents The Design of Dissent,
an exhibition of over 100 political posters and other graphic art from around the world, curated by SVA faculty, board member and legendary designer Milton Glaser and graphic designer and SVA faculty, Mirko Ilić. The exhibition celebrates the launch of the publication The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, with forward by playwright Tony Kushner, published by Rockport Press.
It's refreshing to see that an exhibition of Design for the Real World (referring to the title of Victor Papanek's influential 1971 book, still in print in over 23 languages). The School of Visual Arts is doing something important here, but MIT has been doing it for years. Take a look at Krzystof Wodiczko's Interrogative Design Workshop (IDW). The class changes its focus each semester, from Public Space and Fearless Speech: Technologies of Protest and Disagreement (Fall/2002) Designer as Democratic Agent (Fall/2003), and Questioning Memorials (Spring/2002). I had the pleasure of attending three semesters of IDW as a student, developing such projects as Sound Interventions and The Hydra Project. Sound Interventions also continued its life as Project NSDS on the rtmark funds. The kicker is that while MIT offers great courses to question power, the defense department remains one of MIT's largest patrons.
Posted by rst at May 19, 2005 06:54 PM
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