The MFA Design Criticism Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York has just announced Crossing the Line, their 2010 D-Crit Conference, conceived and organized by graduating students. This year's conference, taking place on April 30th, will be moderated by faculty member Kurt Andersen, the host of Studio 360. All 15 graduating students will present, alongside professional critics and thinkers like Kurt and John Thackara.
Topics will range from the design of personal memorial objects to the use of smell as a communicative tool in design. Other areas of investigation include the applications and implications of car sharing, physical wordplay in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, a rediscovery of suburban architect Elroy Webber, and the representation of family in Wes Anderson's films.
The participating students are: Hala Abdul Malak, Amelia Black, John Cantwell, Frederico Duarte, Chappell Ellison, Laura Forde, Sarah Froelich, Katie Henderson, Emily Leibin, William Myers, Mike Neal, Becky Quintal, Alan Rapp, Angela Riechers and Jim Wegener.
Read more about the conference and the students' topics here.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.