Goggin will explore the evolving definition of and possibilities for identity in graphic design, from an ongoing questioning of cultural identity since his peripatetic childhood, to a current interest in institutional identity with his work in progress at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. An argument for identity as a critical and speculative platform will be made with illustrated case studies in contemporary art and architecture from his design practice in the UK and the Netherlands, alongside current design and publishing at MCA Chicago and a recent exhibition project in France involving an identity which questions the very need for identities.
James Goggin founded graphic design studio Practise in 1999 upon graduation from London’s Royal College of Art. After 10 years in London, the studio moved to Arnhem, the Netherlands, where he combined commissioned projects with teaching at postgraduate design school Werkplaats Typografie, alongside monthly lecturing in history and theory at ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), Switzerland. In August 2010, James took up the Director of Design, Publishing, and New Media position at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where he now lives and works.
Previous clients include Camden Arts Centre, David Kohn Architects, Frieze, Phaidon, Tate Modern, Transport for London, and Victoria & Albert Museum. James lectures, runs workshops, and is a visiting critic at various art institutions and design schools in Europe, Australasia, and the United States, and regularly writes for international publications and journals. Typefaces designed by James are distributed by Swiss type foundry Lineto
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