STANCE: The Possible role of design and designers

Stance: The Possible role of design and designers
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About the Speakers

LUIGI FERRARA OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACIDO, ICSID Senator, Dean, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College, Toronto. Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy.

DORI TUNSTALL ELIZABETH (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

About the Curator

RODRIGO BARREDA is a Toronto-based designer, and curator with over 25 years experience primarily working in the not-for-profit sector. He is a graduate of Advertising Art Direction from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work has focused on the study and implementation of projects that address design for social services and social change. Rodrigo Barreda will pursue a Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in the fall of 2018. Barreda is currently Manager of Graphic Design at United Way Greater Toronto and Education Programming Director at Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery acknowledges its co-presenter Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts as well as our partner OCAD University. Sur Gallery also acknowledges the generous contributions of Mario Navarro, Roberto Cortez, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Archivo Patrimonial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Colectivo Diseñadores Gráficos de la Universidad Técnica del Estado Chile for their contribution towards STANCE: Design Against Fascism exhibition.

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Alexia Bréard-Anderson
Gallery Administrator
Sur Gallery
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Toronto, ON M5E 0A5
Phone: 416.654.7787


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
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