Mitchell Lecture Series: Giovanni Innella

Brushing, Rubbing, Scraping: Sampling the World We Live In
Thursday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash
United States

Giovanni Innella (Torino, 1982) is a designer, curator, and critic based in Tokyo and Chicago. He holds a degree in Industrial Design from the Politecnico di Torino (IT), a Master in Conceptual Design from the Design Academy of Eindhoven (NL), and a PhD in Design Critique from Northumbria University (UK). Giovanni is currently an Assistant Professor at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo and a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His piece “Yours” for jewelry brand CHP is part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum of ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL).

While continuing producing design works referable to furniture and tableware, Giovanni developed a parallel path. Giovanni's ongoing body of work "Design and Its Double" is a critical investigation into the representation of design, its rhetoric, aesthetics, and economics. Progressively, Giovanni's practice shifted from form-giving to a set of more analytical activities, such as documenting and archiving. This approach resulted in a series of new artifacts, installations, and performances that will be featured in this presentation.