Rebeca Méndez with Adam Eeuwens Lecture
Arts + Activism Lecture & Events Series Spring 2007April 19, 2007, 6:00 pm »
From the moment that design began to emerge as a discipline in the 1920s it was closely associated with an idealistic and utopian vision. Good design could contribute to a better society. But twentieth-century modernism also engendered in design a deep concept of 'professionalism'—a neutral and dispassionate objectivity—which has primarily manifested as a non-critical service-to-industry attitude, and has proven inadequate in a world that is crying for concern, involvement, accountability, and commitment. Certainly, design can effect social and political change, but the designer has to move beyond aesthetic and technical knowledge. The designer must be aware that the core of her profession is in instilling meaningful structure in the chaos of possible meanings in our vast information culture. Designers can and must be actively involved in who gets to say what, to whom, and how.
In the lecture, professor Rebeca Méndez, with partner Adam Eeuwens will address the issues outlined above, as well as present and discuss their design research and activism through the continuing collaboration with Peace Over Violence, a not-for-profit social service agency based in Los Angeles.
The Art + Activism series is a joint program of the UCLA Art|Science Center and the Art|Global Health Center at UCLA. Principal funding has been provided by the ArtsForum program of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, with additional support from the two Centers; the Departments of World Arts and Cultures, Design|Media Arts and Theater; the Office of Instructional Development; and the Regent Lecturer program. Special thanks to Henri Lucas for the activist design.
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