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Louis D. Beaumont Visiting Assistant Professor Lecture + Exhibition: Alix Gerber

November 13, 2017
6:30p
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

Alix Gerber is the Louis D. Beaumont Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School. After working as a user-centered researcher and studying transdisciplinary design at Parsons in New York City, Gerber has been experimenting with a practice of Participatory Speculation through the development of a course called Radical Design, as well as the Futures of Public Safety project. Participatory Speculation is a critical and collaborative design practice based in a strong belief in the value of every person's experiences and perspectives. Rather than solving problems—as we often expect from design strategy—it strives to question the systems and ideologies around us by imagining many different futures, each based in a different world view. Projects involve creating artifacts from these potential futures that provoke in-depth dialogue about what we want here and now.

Work by students in Gerber's Radical Design course, as well as the exhibit Futures of Public Safety, featuring work inspired by the future visions of St. Louis residents, will be on view November 13-15 in Steinberg Hall Gallery.

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