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APRIL 12–14, 2019





Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 12–14, 2019
Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 12 — 14, 2019


1:00—2:00 pm

Ways of Hearing, with Damon Krukowski and Matthew Browne 

             Ways of Hearing is a new book from  M.I.T. Press, based on the podcast of the same name produced by Radiotopia, and a response to John Berger’s classic examination of visual culture Ways of Seeing (itself based on a BBC television series). Author Damon Krukowski and MIT Press editor Matthew Browne will discuss how translating a podcast to print both complicates and potentially deepens the project’s examination of how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. The book also features an “interlude" by historian of technology Emily Thompson, and was meticulously designed by James Goggin of Practise. Presented by M.I.T. Press. ︎

2:00—3:00 pm

Non-Terminal Education and Post-Linear Curricula: Rethinking Structures of Higher Education in (Graphic) Design, with Yasmin Khan, Jessica Wexler, Adam Feldmeth, Joe Potts, and Masood Kamandy

                Traditional structures and hierarchies by which design educators have framed and understood culture and the academy are of diminishing relevance in an evolving cultural context characterized by rapid evolution, simultaneity, erosion of expertise and disciplinarity, and spiraling debt. As other disciplines develop new models to describe and prescribe the evolution of their practices, how can design educators (and administrators) articulate new structures that frame our understanding of our practices and the contexts in which they unfold? Exploring and proposing alternate structures for higher education, with attention to the connections between curricular, pedagogical, and economic concerns, Workshop Project and the Southland Institute have been examining different ways that interwebbed institutions create networked landscapes of pedagogical heterodoxy, to be navigated over the course of a lifelong education. Presented by The Southland Institute and Workshop Project.

3:00—4:00 pm

Queering as Praxis as Pedagogy, with Nicole Killian, Jerome Harris, Kelsey Elder, and Christina Webb

                As design educators at various institutions, Nicole Killian, Jerome Harris, Kelsey Elder, and Christina Webb will discuss the serial form of design education and the ways to ask more questions, instead of solve problems. The panel will investigate communication, accountability, the publication of bodies in educational spaces, and how those physical spaces are created for students and educators alike. 

4:00—5:00 pm

Designing the Scriptural Economy, with Ali S. Qadeer 

               Designers/educators Chris Lee and Ali S. Qadeer, guest editors of the C Magazine issue 141 Graphic Design, engage in the examination of a genre of designed artifacts that constitute what theorist Lisa Gitelman calls the Scriptural Economy. This concept describes the way that printed, reproducible forms are central to the formation of culture, the production of knowledge, and the reification of information; these forms perform as evidence, and sediment power through administration and managerial forms of governance. Lee and Qadeer take an expanded definition of the field to include the plethora of forms that are created by design operations, but often without the authorial hand of the designer (think passports, money, deeds to death certificates, and beyond). Led by Qadeer, the discussion will be framed around key documental objects and how their design informs their operations within the Scriptural Economy. It will speculate on “the document” as a genre of design, and also asks us to consider an expanded imagination of what the subjectivity of the designer is. Presented by C Magazine.

5:00—6:00 pm

NEWS!#2. Domestic Orbits, with Frida Escobedo, Xavier Nueno, and León Muñoz Santini

                NEWS! is a series of publications dedicated to practice-based research by artists, architects, educators, scientists, scholars, and writers. NEWS! publishes ongoing investigations committed to reading material records of the present, the histories they enfold, and the futures that haunt them. At LAABF, we will present NEWS!#2 Domestic Orbits. Organized through a series of case-studies that range from the 1950s until today in Mexico City, this publication looks at the different scales—from the housing unit to the urban environment—in which domestic labor spaces are erased by architects and planners. By making visible what architectural plans render invisible, Frida Escobedo draws the guidelines for a counter-history of modernist architecture in Mexico. ︎ 

6:00—7:00 pm

Conversion Therapy: Making Movies into Books and Back Again, with Mariah Garnett, William E. Jones, Nguyen Tan Hoang, and Brontez Purnell

                Dirty Looks assembles the contributors from their fourth installment in their printed Volume series to discuss the language of filmmaking and how it relates to underground publishing. ︎