Thu, April 22, 11:30am

Lecture: Clara Balaguer

Clara Balaguer is a cultural worker. She is the coordinator of the Social Practices course at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam and teaches Experimental Publishing at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. In the Philippines, she co-founded Hardworking Goodlooking, a cottage industry publishing hauz, and The Office of Culture and Design, a research platform and residency program that articulated cultural programming with rural and underserved communities. Through her projects, she is interested in the value of vernacular material culture and processes of collectivizing authorship. She often adopts collective or individual aliases that intimate her service in a given project, the latest of which is To Be Determined. She has lectured and exhibited work at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Harvard GSD, Massachusetts; Strelka Moscow, Moscow; Asia Culture Center, Gwangju; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; and Hangar Barcelona, Barcelona. Balaguer lives and works in Rotterdam.

Part of the RISD GD Spring Speaker Series

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Ghazaal Vojdani kicked off our Spring 2021 lecture series. See other lectures on our Vimeo channel.

Thu. April 8 – April 23

Queer / Feminist / Praxis virtual conference

Queer/Feminist/Praxis in Korea and the Korean Diaspora brings together scholars, artists, designers, and filmmakers to explore performance, visual arts and activism revolving in and around LGBTQIA+ and feminist experiences in South Korea and the Korean diaspora.
The three-week long conference will feature panel sessions, performance and film screenings, artist’s talks, roundtable discussions, and a virtual exhibition.

See the website ( created by RISD GD graduate students Kit Son Lee, Lai Xu, and Ryan Diaz.

This past fall, MFA students in Graduate Studio 1 were asked to make a work in response to an object from Special Collections at the Providence Public Library. Ingrid Schmaedecke’s work, “Rights of Nature,” was a response to The American Woods by Romeyn Beck Hough.

Variable ‘L’ exploring resolution and pixel structure as ornamentation by Kartik Tuli, BFA 2021. Produced in Kelsey Elder’s fall 2020 elective exploring computation and type design.

Prof. Anastasiia Raina lectures at MICA, “From human-centered to bio-centered design”

Presentation by RISD GD MFA alumni Tatiana Gómez and José Menéndez. How to aim to build strength, confidence, and trust in our communities through design by doing what you can with what you have? Part of the 2021 MFA Biennial.

Animation by Vaishnavi Mahendran. See graduate work at the 2020 Grad Show

MFA theses

With the pandemic, 2020 master’s thesis projects were presented online via Zoom. Each student produced a book and an online repository for their work. A few appear below.

Mukul Chakravarthi
Strata: Lessons in Latency
Yoon Kim
Skew-Morphic Dream
Fabian Fohrer
Hilary duPont
A very large array
Vaishnavi Mahendran

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