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Stephanie Sherman & Danielle Dean (UC San Diego Visual Arts)

February 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*Aligning with UC San Diego’s COVID policies, this talk is hosted entirely online. Please register via Zoom.

UPDATE: New Zoom registration link created for this event.

The Fordian Slip: From Plant to Plantation

The Fordian Slip reviews the Ford Motor Company’s failed attempt to develop a rubber plantation in the Brazilian Amazon as a function of platform pathologies. Tracing Fordlandia’s history and present condition, it considers what logics and dynamics might be rescued from the Fordist paradigm in design for planetary platform futures.

About the Speakers

Stephanie Sherman is a London-based director, producer, and writer working across social and speculative design. Her projects reprogram outmoded sites, systems, and surplus as platforms for co-production. She is completing her Phd in the Visual Arts program at UC San Diego, and directs the MA Narrative Environments course at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London. She is the lead strategist for the San Diego-Tijuana World Design Capital 2024 Designation, having authored the winning bid. She currently collaborates with the Design Lab Community Team and Automation teams.

Danielle Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the geopolitical and material processes that colonize the mind and body. Drawing from the aesthetics and history of advertising, and from her multinational background—born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, and brought up in a suburb of London—her work explores the ideological function of technology, architecture, marketing, and media as tools of subjection, oppression, and resistance. Dean received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include Amazon at The Tate Britain, London, Amazon Proxy, Performa 21 Biennial, New York, Trigger Torque at The Ludwig, Germany, True Red Ruin at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Bazar at 47 Canal in New York, Landed at Cubitt gallery in London and Focus: Danielle Dean at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions such as; Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands, Anti, Athens Biennale in Athens Greece, The Centre Cannot Hold, Lafayette Anticipation, (Paris) Artist’s film international, The Whitechapel Gallery, (London), From Concrete to liquid to spoken worlds to the word, Centre D’Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland, In Practice: Material Deviance at Sculpture Center (New York), Experimental People at High Line Art (New York), Lagos Live at the Goethe Institut Nigeria (Lagos), and Made in L.A. 2014 at The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) among many others.

About Design@Large

Design@Large is a speaker series hosted by The Design Lab at UC San Diego, where each quarter we examine a topic in society and the relevance and implications through the lens of human centered design.

Our theme this quarter is “Winter Polar Reversals ~~~ from the Future to the Past~~~~ from the Sky to the Ocean Floor”.

Follow along as speakers in ocean media, maker, and mapping cultures shift your geopolitical orientation. It’s cold on Zoom. Bring your life jacket. Hourlong lectures will be followed by workshops, walks, immersive experiences, and/or hands-on making and doing, to be performed on Zoom when pandemic circumstances bring us together remotely.


February 16, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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