How does social change happen?
Lori Rubeling’s Likely Stories: chaos and cosmos Stevenson University exhibition provides an example for how we might tell 9/11, COVID-19, and Climate Change “origin” stories. Likely Stories origin story features the climate crisis. By 3D modeling the scale and carbon sink processes of a giant sequoia tree Professor Rubeling reminds us that without shared definitions and a common purpose, social change is not likely to happen. The exhibition’s likely story narrative expands into the history of philosophy, specifically the history of architectural philosophy. Abstract research frameworks that imagine possible environmental futures are also featured in the exhibition.
This webinar is a panelist conversation. UX designer Ebony Kenney, artist and community activist Rikiesha Metzger, and artist, designer, and SoDA planning committee member Richard Stanley will join Lori Rubeling in discussing the themes presented in the Likely Stories: chaos and cosmos exhibition. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their Covid-19 stories.
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About the Speakers
Lori Rubeling is Professor of Art and Graphic Design at Stevenson University. Her educational expertise is design research methods and theory. She has professionally applied her art and design skills in several contexts: theoretical architecture, interior architecture, theater and TV scenography design, exhibitions, and graphic design.
Professor Rubeling was recently appointed Faculty Director of Exhibitions for Stevenson University. Her curatorial vision is to cultivate aesthetic social conversations in aesthetic contexts. Current curatorial practice projects include Likely Stories: chaos and cosmos installed at Stevenson University Greenspring Campus Art Gallery and Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles installed in UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture.
Ebony Kenney is a Design and Communications professional, as well as a Market Research Analyst, with over 20+ years in the industry. She holds a MA in Design from the University of Baltimore and leads software product design teams as a Usability Analyst for a federal government agency. She draws her insight from a keen understanding of the scientific method and uses this skillset in her design approach.
Rikiesha Metzger is a student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory, a working mom, an adjunct professor at MICA, and an art teacher at Hampden Christian School. She is a multifaceted community artist working with themes related to race, identity, and beauty. As a socially engaged artist, her professional and research interests revolve around the transformative power of art and its ability to create new experiences, rebirth, and reignite the spirit of underserved communities.
Richard Stanley (BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MA equivalent from the Basel School of Design). Retired from corporate and studio design work, he currently freelances, occasionally teaches at area colleges and universities, and pursues fine arts interests. Always fascinated with design history and how it shapes design philosophy and practice, he continues to apply abstract methodologies such as semiotics and visual rhetoric to design issues.
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