LA-based Martine Syms is many things—a graphic designer, a “conceptual entrepreneur,” a net artist—but most importantly, a thinker who examines the assumptions of contemporary America and ways that identity and memory are transformed by the shifting boundaries of business and culture. Her work explores themes as varied as contemporary art practice, Afrofuturism, queer theory, the power of language, and the spiritual nature of the color purple. The topic of her SXSW presentation, “Black Vernacular: Reading New Media Art,” asked the question: “What does it mean for a black woman to make minimal, masculine net art? What about this piece is ‘not black’? Can my identity be expressed as an aesthetic quality?” From 2007 to 2011, Syms was codirector of the influential Golden Age project space in Chicago, where she organized dozens of cultural projects and initiated a publishing program of young, emerging artists. She has created work with artists Paul Chan and Theaster Gates, and created a branding and marketing strategy for nonprofit group Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange, among many other projects. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the New Museum (New York), MCA Chicago, Capricious Space (Brooklyn), and the Soap Factory (Minneapolis). Syms is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Film, Video, and New Media. Post-Lecture Reception
Directly following each lecture, meet the designer and chat with fellow design lovers at the Garden Café in the lobby. Design Pop-Up Shop
ARTBOOK @ Walker, a new collaboration with the Walker Shop, will be hosting pop-up shops in conjunction with the Insights series. Browse the selection featuring a mix of monographs, survey, and reading books expressly curated for the Twin Cities design community and offered exclusively at this event.
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Single tickets: $24 ($18 Walker/AIGA members, $10/students) Series tickets: $85 ($60 Walker/AIGA members, $40/students) To purchase an Insights series, call 612.375.7600. Walker Cinema 1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis Map »
About Insights Lecture Series
Co-presented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, 2014 marks the 28th anniversary of the Insights Lecture Series bringing the world’s leading graphic designers to the Twin Cities to share their work, process, and experience. Past lectures are all archived at channel.walkerart.org. The 2014 series once again features an international lineup of speakers:
- Lance Wyman (New York) Tuesday, March 4th Tickets »
- Sara De Bondt (London) Tuesday, March 11th Tickets »
- Martine Syms (Los Angeles) Tuesday, March 18th Tickets »
- Henrik Nygren (Stockholm) Tuesday, March 25th Tickets »
Highlights of past lectures are posted on the Insights Lecture Series page.