in|discussion presents Elizabeth Resnick


public lecture series 2013-14

Elizabeth Resnick

Propaganda and Protest Graphics: 
A Selective View of Civic Empowerment and Resistance by Artists and Designers

6pm Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing

Dublin Institute of Technology, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

This lecture will explore a selective contemporary view of propaganda and protest through the graphic arts, which has always mirrored the technological innovations such as movable type, lithography, offset printing and now personal computers and the Internet. Life-altering events such as recent political upheavals, health concerns, and natural disasters linked to climate change, stimulate artists and designers to increasingly use their visual work to comment on the world in which they live.

The Internet’s role in expanding the channels of communication beyond the printed page through electronic distribution has become the new paradigm in the new millennium. Digital tools afford artists and designers the means to make, distribute and disseminate images and information to influence opinion, raise consciousness, raise funds for humanitarian causes, and encourage the global community to act for change.

Elizabeth Resnick is Professor and currently Chair of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts USA. She is a passionate design curator who has organized six comprehensive design exhibitions, most with co-curators, including Russell Mills: Within/Without (1991) with Teresa Flavin, Dutch Graphic Design: 1918-1945 (1994) with Alston W. Purvis, Makoto Saito: Art of the Poster (1999) with Jan Kubasiewicz, The Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and The Environment (2005) with Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman, Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 with Javier Cortés (2010), and Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age: 2001–2012 (2012).

Her publications include catalogues for the exhibitions mentioned above, Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics (2003), Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication for Prentice-Hall Publications (1984), and is currently completing a new book Developing Citizen Designers, to be published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Professor Resnick also writes occasional commentaries, event reviews, and has published interviews with prominent designers and design educators in EYE Magazine (UK), AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (USA), Graphis Magazine (USA) Graphics International Magazine (UK), TipoGrafica Magazine (Argentina) and IDEA Magazine (Japan).

 All are welcome to this free public event.

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