A new avenue for expression

first_imgThe Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) awarded 212 degrees at Commencement this year. But only 10 were from an entirely new program.Artists, architects, and entrepreneurs were in the first cohort of Art, Design and the Public Domain (ADPD), a new “area concentration” within the traditional Master in Design Studies (MDesS) program. (There are seven other MDesS concentrations, including conservation, history, ecology, sustainability, and real estate.)The new program is a flexible, interdisciplinary pathway for midcareer artists, designers, architects, and others. The idea is to blend art practice with the academy, and let each world enrich the other. Afterward, let these creators make the entire public domain — the physical and the virtual — their studios at large.Within design, this idea of art as public engagement is called “spatial practice.”“The built urban environment [is] a great hope and opportunity for its inhabitants,” said Krzysztof Wodiczko, who coordinates the new two-year program. It is open to “critical and creative practitioners” from all disciplines, for those who “wish to practice art and design in the built environment, while critically reflecting on it.”Wodiczko, the GSD’s professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain, is a renowned artist known for his large-scale installations, often video projections cast onto public facades. He is also known for sober themes: war, trauma, and economic injustice, and for art that moves from the realm of dissent to social action.Born in Poland during the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, Wodiczko views the urban landscape as a setting for art that is socially engaged, critical, and probing. “He brings out the dark bits that people don’t want to talk about,” said Jutta Friedrichs, MDesS ’12, a member of the first ADPD cohort.A 2012 still from “The Inconspicuous Life of Walls,” a thesis project by Jutta Friedrichs MDesS ’12. This bullet-scarred wall in Berlin shows artifacts of 1945 street fighting.When he was an aspiring artist and designer, there was no such pathway back to the riches that a university can offer, Wodiczko said. “I needed to learn by myself — and not without unnecessary difficulties and shortcomings.” For practicing artists, a two-year sojourn in the academy, he added, “offers an intellectual framework, and a laboratory.”Dan Borelli, MDesS ’12, director of exhibitions at GSD and also a member of the first ADPD cohort, said traditional postgraduate art programs deal with “individual responses within a studio space,” and then they are about the movement of an art product to a market. But with ADPD, “you’re dealing with social issues and how they play out in … public space.”ADPD’s antecedents are not artworks for the gallery or the marketplace, said Borelli, but, for instance, the art produced during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and during feminism’s rise in the 1970s. He called such art “highly public demonstrations and displays” about difficult subjects.The program in 2012 included architects, arts entrepreneurs, and a scattering of practicing fine artists, like Borelli, who trained as a painter. They also represented many cultures, including those of Mexico, Germany, South Africa, and Singapore. All of the participants had lively careers before the GSD program, and yet wanted something more than the studio-to-market model of a traditional MFA.Friedrichs also finds this storefront near Berlin’s main train station still bears the marks of fighting from the 1945 Battle of Berlin.“I made a conscious choice not to go to an art school,” said Friedrichs, who has been a product designer and founded her own firm in China. “I wanted something more solidly grounded in theory. I had already practiced art for so long, I didn’t have the feeling somebody had to tell me how to make things.”At the start of each semester, “we all went out in different directions,” she said. Students spent two weeks scouring catalogs for courses. The point was to expand their learning and explore how art can help formulate fresh ways of expressing knowledge.Her own final project was “The Inconspicuous Life of Walls,” a photo, video, and sculptural installation about heritage-protected Berlin facades pocked with bullet holes. She consulted authorities on archaeology, art conservation, photography, forensics, videography, materials science, and even dermatology. That eclectic pursuit reflected how wide afield most ADPD students went during the program. At Harvard, she said, “One could get the best kind of knowledge, in any field.”After fanning out, Friedrichs and the others were drawn back to a common center, that idea of “spatial practice.” They wondered: How can art and design record, transform, or question — and use the public domain to do so?“We welcome people who are committed to contributing to urban life through new ideas and projects” — and people whose explorations of urban space are “analytical, visionary, interventionist, and transformative,” Wodiczko said.Those qualities were evident in the final projects. A few were traditional written works, on art and urbanism, for example, or on “knowledge production” in 21st-century public libraries. Another investigated the implications of building facades in a Mexican city.Borelli found his final project, “The Cloud of Unknowing,” in his boyhood hometown, Ashland, Mass., just 22 miles southwest of Boston. In 1982, one of the first U.S. Superfund sites was established at the town’s former Nyanza Coloring & Chemical Co. plant. That had closed in 1978, leaving a legacy of cancer scares. It also left tons of buried waste, polluted wetlands, and toxic groundwater. On this local stage, where emotion, memory, and science clashed, Borelli said he used “the techniques of art to visualize public knowledge.”A viewer earlier this year at the Harvard Graduate School of Design looks at part of “The Cloud of Unknowing,” an installation by Dan Borelli MDesS ’12. Photo courtesy of Justin KnightHis art installation was a set of objects, maps, books, oral history videos, and a backlit display of federal pollution data. (With a related website, it will become a permanent display at the public library in Ashland.)“This is their knowledge,” Borelli said of the townspeople he grew up with, some of whom were felled by cancers. “They don’t know it. It’s buried in government websites.” Art and design, he said, can help people know and see.So it is with the war-scarred walls that Friedrichs studied. “People don’t perceive them,” she said. But art and design can provide an awakening — in this case to a form of material history that could never be captured in a museum case.It’s like the knowledge a university has to offer; why keep it in a case? Friedrichs brought up Wodiczko again. “He’s an advocate for this knowledge to be used,” she said, “for it to be activated, and change things in the world.”last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 11, 2020 Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CANADA TENNISAid for Canadian tennis prosOTTAWA (AP) —Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future.While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.The money will help professionals ranked from 100 to 750 in singles or between 25 and 100 in doubles, members of the top 100 in the ITF junior rankings who are transitioning to the pros, and players in the top 50 of the ITF wheelchair rankings.Among the recipients: Sharon Fichman, who is No. 48 in women’s doubles; Leylah Annie Fernandez, who is No. 118 in women’s singles; Brayden Schnur, who is No. 177 in men’s singles; Peter Polansky, who is No. 192 in men’s singles; and Rebecca Marino, who is No. 300 in women’s singles.All sanctioned tennis events have been called off since March because of the outbreak, and all tennis events in Canada are called off until the end of August, except for the Rogers Cup men’s tournament in Toronto. The WTA and ATP are suspended until at least mid-July everywhere.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported comorbidities.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKERRavens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guard Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.Fluker signed a one-year contract, the Ravens announced Monday. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden Knights A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years.The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.In other NFL news:last_img read more

Angels’ Andrew Heaney unloads on Astros in wake of sign-stealing reports

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Heaney, in fact, needed only to look to the other side of the room to find one of them.Max Stassi, who was acquired by the Angels last July, had been up and down with the Astros since 2013. The catcher was back in the majors from mid-August  2017 to the end of the season, during which the Astros were reportedly at the peak of their sign-stealing.Stassi said he was too inexperienced in his big league career to do anything to stop the practice.“I saw what was going on,” he said. “When you’re a lower man on the totem pole, you just show up and you go out there and play. I apologize to all those around the game, the people who were affected by it, the fans, coaches. Especially the kids who look up to us. We’re supposed to set an example and do the right thing. We didn’t do that.”Stassi added: “It was wrong. I feel terrible. I think that looking back, that every single person that was part of that team, or in that clubhouse, regrets what was going on. If we could all go back, I’m sure they’d never even thought of the idea.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TEMPE, Ariz. — Andrew Heaney, who will always be among the league leaders in honesty, unleashed a torrent of emotions on the Houston Astros on Wednesday morning.The revelations from the past winter about electronic sign-stealing used by the Astros didn’t sit well with the Angels’ left-hander.“I am not going to make excuses for those guys,” Heaney said before the Angels’ first official workout of the spring. “I know how it is. You get caught up in something. I’m sure they look back now and say ‘Oh (expletive), we really took that overboard.’“But I think that somebody in that locker room had to have enough insight to say ‘This is not OK.’ … Somebody in that locker room had to say, ‘This is (messed) up. We shouldn’t be doing this.’ For nobody to stand up and nobody to say, ‘We’re cheating other players,’ that sucks. That’s a (expletive) feeling for everybody. I hope they feel like (expletive).”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The Angels are now set to open the 2020 season in Houston, giving them the first opportunity to take on the team that seems to be universally reviled in baseball.Asked if he thinks baseball, and specifically the Astros, will be free of such sign-stealing now, Heaney shrugged.“I think they still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “Personally, I think they’re trying to, but we’ll see what’s going on with the video and in-game stuff and see how that gets sorted out. Because I think that’s something that needs to be addressed.” Stassi was up for the entire 2018 season and the first four months of 2019 before he was traded. He said he “didn’t see anything going on past 2017.”Heaney isn’t so sure.“I still don’t think we really know everything that happened,” Heaney said. “I don’t think necessarily everybody wants us to know everything that was going on. That’s the tough part.”Heaney didn’t even pitch in Houston in 2017, because he missed most of the season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He has only pitched three times in Houston since then, with a 5.14 ERA. That’s too small of a sample to infer much. His overall ERA in the past two seasons is 4.41.Heaney said it was a “poorly kept secret” that the Astros had been stealing signs. There were times when he was suspicious, but it was more when there were runners on second base.“I would go back and look at video and say ‘Am I doing something in my glove? Am I showing anything?’” Heaney said. “I can’t say if they are banging on an (expletive) trash can or not. I don’t know. I am not paying attention to that. I am not going to sit here and say I feel victimized. I’m not going to make that excuse. I think it’s part of your job to cover that up and be on top of it. But it’s not your responsibility to make sure teams aren’t stealing your (expletive) illegally.”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more