“Splendid Playground” Guggenheim Forum: How Design Shapes Daily Life

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Guggenheim Forum: “The Aestheticization of Everyday Life”

Architect Cristina Goberna, artist and writer Angie Keefer, and artist/writer John Kelsey convene this week to discuss the ways, both good and bad, that design shapes our lives.

The panel, moderated by critic and Metropolis contributing editor Karrie Jacobs, examines how precisely controlled design affects our living environments, the products we use, even our experiences themselves. The increasing pervasiveness of digital media blurs the distinction between objects and images and touches realms that run the gamut from the personal to the social, from psychology to politics. How is daily life altered by the constant push toward the realm of appearances?

The discussion unfolds over one week as part of the Guggenheim Forum, the museum’s ongoing series of moderated online discussions catalyzing intelligent conversation on the arts, architecture, and design. Several times each year, experts from a variety of fields inquire into and debate topics related to the museum’s exhibition program. “The Aestheticization of Everyday Life” includes a one-hour live chat with Karrie Jacobs and Cristina Goberna at 2 pm on Thursday, May 2, and is presented in concert with the exhibition Gutai: Splendid Playground, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through May 8, 2013.

Cristina Goberna is an architect, critic, and, with Urtzi Grau, comprises Fake Industries Architectural Agonism. She is also a faculty member at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAAP) at Columbia University.

Artist and writer Angie Keefer is a founder of the Serving Library, a nonprofit artists’ organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop, and an editor of The Bulletins, the Serving Library’s biannual publication.

John Kelsey is a longtime member of the collective Bernadette Corporation and codirector of Reena Spaulings Fine Art. His book Rich Texts, a selection of essays on contemporary art, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010.

Moderator Karrie Jacobs teaches at SVA’s Design Criticism MFA program and writes for Metropolis, Travel + Leisure, and other publications. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and the founding executive editor of Benetton’s Colors.