South of the Equator

November 23, 2009

LitaBrazil3Brazil is getting a double dose of SVA this month, with one department chair just returned from the South American nation and another chair due to fly down soon. MFA Design Department Co-chair Lita Talarico was in Sao Paulo for Brazil Design Week, where a variety of talks, workshops and seminars about global issues in design were presented from November 3 – 6. Talarico gave a keynote address as part of a forum focusing on colleges and universities involved in teaching design. “The theme for the forum was entrepreneurship and how to educate students for the future so that they are prepared for the business side of design,” said Talarico. “I talked about and showed case studies from the book The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell, which included more than 20 student projects from the MFA Design Department.” She also took some time to visit Rio de Janerio and meet up with several SVA alumni who are living and working there: Renato Alarcao (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay), Celina Carvalho (MFA 2003 Design), Alexandre Damiano (MFA 1999 Fine Arts), Luiza Novaes (MFA 1994 Photography and Related Media) and Marta Strauch (MFA 1990 Illustration as Visual Essay).

Later this month, MFA Social Documentary Film Department Chair Maro Chermayeff will be in Sao Paulo to attend PIC DOC, a five-day international training program in documentaries that begins Monday, November 30. Chermayeff is one of a select group of industry professionals invited to participate in the week-long conference, sponsored by the Brazilian TV Producers organization to help Brazilian filmmakers increase the competitiveness of their documentary projects in the international marketplace.

Image: Lita Talarico and Luiza Novaes in Rio de Janerio.

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