Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by series sponsors Michigan Radio, WUOM 91.7 FM and Arts @ Michigan.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.
Thursday, October 23 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Founded by Stuart Wood, Flo Ortkrass and Hannes Koch in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental creative practice. Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena — with the viewer an active participant.
Rain Room, the work for which the studio is best known, was exhibited at MoMA following its...
Thursday, October 30 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda orchestrates sound, visuals, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Ikeda’s projects include ‘datamatics’ using the moving image, sculpture, sound and new media to explore our perception of the data that permeates our world; and ‘spectra’ a large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural...
Thursday, November 6 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
For more than two decades, Latvian photographer Inta Ruka has photographed the people of Latvia to provide an undisguised view on the current state of flux in Latvia since its integration into the European Union. From 1984 to 2000, she photographed primarily in the rural area of Balvi and, later on, increasingly in the capital of Riga. In the series “People I happened to meet”, she strikes up conversations with unknown people in order to ask them...
Thursday, November 13 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Design for Anxious Times.
Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. Through their work and approach, Anab helps shapes the studio’s vision as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Jain wants designers to adopt new roles as sense-makers, translators and agent...
Thursday, November 20 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
In Love with Art …and Comics
Since 1993, when Françoise Mouly joined The New Yorker as art editor, she has been responsible for over 1,000 of the magazine’s signature covers, many of which were chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as ‘best cover of the year’. She is also the Publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. And she founded and coedited (with collaborator...
Thursday, December 4 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Seth Ellis is an artist, and designer. He makes site-specific narratives that explore the stories inherent in material culture, place, and everyday objects. His work utilizes the mass-manufactured artifacts of Modernist industrial society as the loci of installations combining multimedia experience design, local history, and storytelling to trace the webs that connect local communities across time and space. Ellis’ work has shown in galleries,...