Tue, Mar 31st, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Walker Cinema
725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis MN 55403

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In this experimental virtual lecture, Ruben Pater tackles issues of justice, solidarity, and equality.

Unwilling to regularly tour overseas due to the outsized carbon footprint of global air travel, Ruben Pater instead premieres a pre-recorded lecture custom-made for the occasion. Though not physically present, the speaker will be live via Skype and able to answer questions in what will be an engaging experiment in lecture dynamics. Focusing on the ethics of design, Pater collaborates with other disciplines to investigate complex social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing.

Pater is the the author of The Politics of Design, which AIGA.com declared “[…] the kind of literature that should be handed out to all students on their first days at art school, along with all the Albers, Berger, Benjamin, and Sontag that form the backbone of the design curriculum—an up-to-date assessment of the landscape through which all modern visual practitioners must navigate.”

As a designer, writer, and teacher, Pater collaborates with other disciplines to investigate complex social and political issues such as surveillance, climate change, and affordable housing. He is the author of The Politics of Design.

Please note that this lecture will be pre-recorded from Pater’s studio in Amsterdam.

This lecture is free.

First come, first served. Join the queue in the Bazinet lobby starting at 6:00.

Reserved tickets will be issued to series ticket holders. Any remaining unclaimed reserved tickets will be released at 6:45.


6:00 pm Cocktails

7:00 pm Lecture

Post-Lecture Reception
Directly following each lecture, meet the lecturer and chat with fellow design lovers in the Walker’s Bazinet Main Lobby.


Watch Anywhere: Insights Viewing Parties

Every Insights lecture will be webcast free and in real time. The live stream will be up on walkerart.org about 10 minutes before 7 pm CST.

If you can’t make it in person, grab a group of friends and have an Insights Viewing Party. Send in your questions for the speakers via Twitter (#InsightsDesign).


Sponsored by 10 Thousand Design

Bonus Free Lecture


About the Insights Lecture Series

Insights is a design lecture series for progressive creatives. A unique collaboration between the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, the series embraces the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers.

Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights gives voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.

For over three decades, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have co-presented the Insights Design Lecture Series and brought the world’s most adventurous design thinkers and makers to the Twin Cities.

Redefine your understanding of graphic design, dive into the thinking behind the work, then hang out after the lectures to meet the lecturers, grab a drink, and chat with your fellow design lovers.

Past lectures are archived on the Walker Art Center YouTube channel.