What is the Physical Manifestation of Protest?

This is a question I ask students in the spring of every year at SVA. Recently a number of things have come across my desk that point to objects that speak to this question. An article in the Guardian and the very hip design blog DEZEEN have featured the provocative V&A exhibition Disobediant Objects and…

What I Saw on My Way to Ai Wei Wei

This past week I set out to see the Ai Wei Wei exhibition that has recently closed at the Brooklyn Museum. I thought that reviewing the show would get me closer to the answer to a question, Is there an aesthetics of protest? Since the Occupy Movement I have been searching for a vibe or…

Prelude to the Aesthetics of Protest

Last spring, a student of mine came to me about a project proposal for her assignment to design a “polite protest”. The student was mildly disdainful of her peers’ more prosaic ideas for the projects and came to me to see if she could, politely, protest the other students’ protests. Quite frankly she, as a…

Archive: Building Protest

In my SVA class, I am asking students to design a protest.  In order to explain what I meant by “making” a protest, I asked young designer Lee Gibson to come and explain his vibrant and complex exhibition design for the SearchUnderOccupy# exhibit at Parsons, which has just closed. Lee explained his rapid fire process-he…

Archive: Building Freedom

These past couple of weeks I have been working on a great little project.  Folks at the Mississippi Historic Trust asked me to do a piece for their auction that features the revealing of the 10 Most Endangered Buildings in Mississippi.  They pair artists with a building and ask them to make a piece inspired…