Craft & Labour seminar

Friday, February 10, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Room 210
Frederic Lasserre Building
6333 Memorial Road, UBC

Familiar criticisms are easy to level against today’s culture of overproduction: low quality goods manufactured in unacceptable working conditions have driven down quality in favour of volume. Far harder to come by are clear solutions. Consumer apathy, the disparities of global economics and rapidly disappearing knowledge pose formidable barriers to change. But there are examples of designers and artists succeeding in their rejection of our present models of production. This lecture considers practitioners such as Liza Lou, Studio Formafantasma, Meekyoung Shin, Theaster Gates and Hechizoo Studio – who each critique current models of production and investigate inspiring alternatives. Time, as the Swedish artist Emelie Röndahl explains, is often their greatest investment capital.

Seminar discussion will focus on Liza Lou’s Durban Diaries, an autobiographical text in which the American artist records her experience setting up a studio in South Africa which aspires to function as a cooperative.

Craft and Labour seminar with Jessica Hemmings event information