The ShiftxDesign Conference held at Harvard Business School is an annual exploration of all things design. Launched in 2012, the conference is a collaborative effort between student groups at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College – and the only cross-school event of its kind. The event brings together creative thinkers, design luminaries, experts from a variety of backgrounds, and students to engage in and reinterpret the design process.
ShiftxDesign, is centered around how shifts in design innovation can lead to social, cultural, and technological progress. From responding to natural shifts to manufacturing catalysts for change, we live in a constantly transitioning world. The conference will provide a platform for meaningful discussion around the role of design in industries varying from sustainable fashion to smart cities to the future of learning.
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Dr. Gurevitch’s lecture will consider the effects and migration of precarious labor, as well as the ensuing implications for the future of a Global Hollywood increasingly governed by computational production pipelines. Central to this research are both quantitative and qualitative research approaches that mix interviews with Movie, Games, and Animation professionals (Pixar, Dreamworks, ILM, Weta Digital, Blizzard, Square Enix) with a big data migration visualization tool. The tool details the migration pathways of 80,000 digital image professionals — animators, coders, engineers and artists — across industry and the world over the past 30 years in order to tease out the networked relationships between software, source code, skills migration, and precarious labor in global VFX industries.
Dinner and drinks will follow the discussion, which will take place on the 4th floor of CIT.
The relentless release of new technologies in our daily lives carries with it the nagging feeling of the ground rapidly shifting beneath our feet – of a cultural landscape undergoing around-the-clock revision. And with each new must-have device, app and productivity tool, this dizzying feeling becomes more the norm. We keep up with innovation the way we keep up with Mr. Robot: on demand and from the comfort of our living rooms.
At RISD grad students in Digital + Media interrogate this “new normal” through research and teaching that explores how technology simultaneously shapes and is shaped by historical, cultural, political and economic factors.
Through these intensive, five-week classes, students in the second year of the MFA program conceive of and develop innovative curricula that enrich their research, provide essential opportunities for professional development and deepen the department’s longstanding research agenda.
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