Outside Design

Friday, September 11, 2:00 p.m.Saturday, December 19, 10:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries,
33 S. State St., 7th floor
Chicago, IL
United States
Reception: Friday, September 18, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

1.5 LU

For full listing of programs and happenings visit the Outside Design website.

Outside Design, a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, will explore the turn in art and design toward biotechnology and ecological systems. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, SAIC's Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, this show will bring together five firms whose research-based work develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice. The practices—Analog Media Lab (Urbana-Champaign, IL), Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo, NY), The Living and the Ali Brivanlou Lab (New York City), Species of Space (Chicago), and Sweet Water Foundation (Chicago)—pursue projects that move outside of their core of expertise and into the center of other fields. Responding to these dialogic practices, the exhibition will be organized as a series of laboratories installed across the galleries, engaged throughout the fall by students, faculty, and visiting artists and designers. This mode of collaborative experimentation and exchange will continuously transform the gallery space, resulting in new projects and installations and pushing the boundaries of disciplinarity. An ambitious schedule of programs will further activate the space, and connect to local arts and design institutions.

Artist Talks: Thursday, October 1, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Discussions held in the galleries with exhibiting architects and designers: David Hays, Analog Media Lab, Urbana-Champaign; Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo; David Benjamin, The Living and the Ali Brivanlou Lab, New York; Eric Ellingson, Species of Space, Chicago; and Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago.

Presented in partnership with the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.