On November 5, cofounder of Kickstarter Charles Adler hosted a conversation in the Outside Design classroom with a group of participants from the Center for the Lost Arts to discuss how this project came to its actualization. The group took turns sharing reflections on the process and the work they developed while in residency at the center.
On October 29, 2015, Lucy Pringle led a dowsing workshop with a group of SAIC faculty, staff, students, and the public at the site of SAIC’s future building at Harrison and State Street. The group doused the location, focusing on sites of concentrated negative energy fields.
Josh Rios’s Core Studio class visited Outside Design on October 28, 2015, looking for inspiration for their current work in video and found media compilations.
On October 28, 2015, Jessica Westbrook and Rosalyn Gingerich’s Core Studio classes from the Contemporary Practices Department toured Outside Design. They engaged in a conversation about the intent, ethics, and responsibility of using animals in an exhibition and how their presence relates to the prototypes and works on view.
Anne Liu brought her AIADO Design Communication undergraduates on October 16, 2015 for a visit to Outside Design. They met with curator Jonathan Solomon and toured the exhibition.
It was an afternoon of lively discussions and interactions in the galleries with exhibiting architects and designers: David Hays, Analog Media Lab, Urbana-Champaign; Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo; David Benjamin with Ali Brivanlou, The Living and Brivanlou Laboratory, New York; Eric Ellingsen, Species of Space, Chicago; and Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago.
Several of the Research Studio classes have stopped by the Outside Design exhibition for a tour with curator Jonathan Solomon. On Thursday, October 1, Michael Ryan’s Research Studio class and Ginger Krebb’s Research Studio class both explored thermal expansion and experimented with material properties in Analog Media Lab’s installation.
The Sullivan Galleries were filled with students, faculty, friends, and family for our September openings. Thanks for coming out!
Eric Ellingsen’s MFA Seminar class Space Activism meets weekly in the Sullivan Gallery. Keeping consistent with Ellingsen’s practice, the class often ventures out into the city, engaging in actions, participating in walks Ellingsen has designed, and discovering suitably sunny sites to discuss readings.
Biologist Tomo Haremaki from the Ali Brivanlou Laboratory of Stem cell Biology and Molecular Embryology at Rockefeller University isolates the frogs to be included in The Living’s Amphibious Envelope. The frogs in this adaptive ecosystem are living biosensors, monitoring the oxygen level in the water and filtering the air.
How can design invite our participation? The manner with which we interact with content in a gallery setting is often dictated and enforced by etiquette and rules. Does our attention and curiosity suffice for participation or can we expect more? -JA
The Living in collaboration with Ali Brivanlou Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology at Rockefeller University have built a work titled Amphibious Envelope, a structure that can moderate air circulation and temperature through its design. See a detail of the insulated glass unit below.
Eric Ellingsen of Species of Space has been building a book case in preparation for the exhibition. Species of Space play with perception and the different senses. Here it is as it’s being built.
Emmanuel Pratt of Sweet Water Foundation and his team have brought fish into the gallery! They have built a biodynamic feedback loop using aquaponics- their speciality. Here are some photographs of this project as they were setting it up.