Jul 5th 2011

We Are Here is a weekly series of four multidisciplinary art and design situations with Chicago-based participants. Using the gallery as a workspace, the activities of product design collective Object Design League, artist-run project space Golden Age, designers Tim Parson and Jessica Charlesworth, and screen-printers Sonnenzimmer illustrate how the practical becomes performative when placed out of context. Curated by James Goggin, MCA Design Director.

Object Design League (July 5-10): Caroline Linder and Lisa Smith usually describe themselves as product designers, but under the collective name Object Design League they are known for projects that involve the intangible and temporal—events, pop-up spaces, charettes, and curated exhibitions—rather than actual products.

Golden Age (July 12-17): Artist Marco Kane Braunschweiler and Martine Syms run a small yet internationally connected West Loop project space/workshop/bookstore called Golden age. Projects from the space take on many forms: exhibitions, screenings, performances, and printed matter.

Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth (July 19-24): Product designer/writer Tim Parsons arrived from London last summer to join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Associate Professor in Designed Objects. Parsons continues a series of ongoing collaborations with his partner, British designer, future thinker and researcher, Jessica Charlesworth.

Sonnenzimmer (July 26-31): Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi are artists who both happen to have studied graphic design and now run screen printing workshop Sonnenzimmer, a space where they produce printed art and design work for other artists, music and cultural clients, and themselves.

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