“Ideopolis,” the collection of innovative thesis projects by 2011 graduates of the MFA Design Department, heads to Japan for an exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery, which has hosted past shows by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman and MFA Design Department faculty member Stefan Sagmeister. Opening November 4 and on view through November 26, “Ideopolis” at GGG will feature multi-platform media installations for all 20 of the interactive works.
Some project highlights include WeDo by Wes Gott, a Web-based calendar application that connects users online and encourages them to participate in cultural activities offline; Fuzz Bucket by Jennie Glaser, a traveling yarn shop and community knitting project; Seize Your Power Days by Lydia Reynolds, a campaign and Web site created to empower young adult women through basic knowledge about their bodies; Milestones by Andy Sir, a desktop accessory that manages, organizes and stores digital assets including images, videos and music; Arlequin by Jules Tardy, an online channel that promotes alternative European culture; and ROWAN by Lauren Wolff, a clothing line for young adults with tactile sensitivity, a common symptom for people on the autism spectrum.
MFA Design Department Co-chair Lita Talarico kicks off the exhibition with a talk at GGG on November 4 (watch video below, lecture begins at the 8:04 mark). For more information about all of the projects featured in the show, visit the Ideopolis Web site.