Announcing The Inaugural Thesis Presentation: May 8, 2014


We invite you to attend F1RST: The Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the inaugural graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program.

The day will kick off with opening remarks from Allan Chochinov, chair of the program, followed by a Keynote talk from from celebrated author and social theorist Douglas Rushkoff, author of over a dozen bestselling books including Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.

Following the keynote, the 15 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services and platforms.

The day will be punctuated by (deliciously) catered breaks, as well as a champagne reception at the close of the day.

We welcome guests in all facets of design and innovation, including designers, entrepreneurs, teachers, advocates, journalists and cultural critics.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

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Here's the schedule & lineup:

1:00PM
Opening Remarks
Allan Chochinov, Chair

1:15PM
Keynote
Douglas Rushkoff

2:00PM
GROUP 1: FROM PRODUCT TO PLATFORM

Richard Clarkson
Super. Moments of Remarkable

Damon Ahola
Harvest: A Proposal for Architecting Ambient Energy Capture

Emi Yasaka
In The Running: Human Mobility in a Sedentary World

Clay Kippen
Lucid: Seeing as a Tool for Learning

Kathryn McElroy
Presence: How to use Digital Technology To Live a More Analog Life

3:15PM
Break

3:35PM
GROUP 2: FROM SYSTEMS TO SERVICE

Joseph Weissgold
The Teacher’s Lounge: Re-empowering Teachers Through Design Offerings

Rona Binay  
COEXIST: Mixing with Urban Wildlife

Willy Chan
Alive: Comforting Your Food

Zena Pesta
State of the Art Project: Transforming Local Businesses Into Learning Laboratories

Mansi Gupta
BETTER: The Prejudices and Practices of Mass Production

4:50PM
Break

5:10PM
GROUP 3: FROM HYBRIDIZED TO DEMATERIALIZED

Cassandra Michel
Five+: An Exploration of Mindful Experience Through the Senses

Charlotta Hellichius
Whateverest. Exploring the Landscape of Apathy and Agency

Samantha Moore
Around: Drawing Out Relief and Engagement in the Urban Environment

Gaïa Orain
the goods

Matt Barber
The End.

6:25PM
Closing Remarks

6:30PM
Champagne Reception