Image by Susy Bielak
April 12-14th I’ll be participating in the Architectures of Agonism symposium at the Walker Art Center (co-hosted by Northern Lights). It’s exciting for a number of reasons, not least of which is that advance copies of Adversarial Design should be available in the Walker book store. Two of the artists that are central to Adversarial Design will also be participating and we will get to share a stage—Warren Sack and Mark Shepard—and I’ll get to meet Marisa Jahn. The event has developed by Steve Dietz, Susy Bielak, and Ashley Duffalo.
It addition to speaking about political design, the symposium is also a chance for me to consider how to use the ideas developed in Adversarial Design as the basis for design practice. On Saturday I’m co-hosting a workshop with Carl Skelton. In this workshop we’ll take some of the tactics of agonistic design and apply them to dilemmas surrounding the re-design of Hennepin Ave. It should be insightful and hopefully inspiring, both for how to think about this particular design dilemma and to think more generally about teaching and practicing agonism.
The symposium runs from Thursday thru Saturday. It’s an event that involves a lot of people, and frankly, a lot of my favorite people. If you happen to be in Minneapolis/St. Paul, stop by.