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Intimate Science

Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:00 - Tue Apr 15, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

Intimate Science features artists who are engaged in non-disciplinary inquiry; they aren’t allied to the customs of any single field, and therefore have license to reach beyond conventions. This kind of practice hinges on up-close observation, experiential learning, and inventing new ways for the public to participate in the process. And through their engagement with “intimate science,” a more knowledgeable public might well be able to influence what research is supported and adopted by the larger culture, and the walls of science can become more transparent.

Intimate Science is curated by Andrea Grover and organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Gallery Hours: Daily 12-6pm, late Thursday evenings until 8pm
Closed Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, March 30


Lazy Bytes

Thu Oct 24, 2013 00:00 - Thu Oct 31, 2013

Sixty years after its creation under the name “Lazy Bones,” the remote control remains relatively unchanged. Students from Parsons The New School for Design, working with Swiss organization EPFL+ECAL Lab (part of ECAL/University of art and design Lausanne), and the Kudelski Group, want to change this, and have worked together to create wholly new concepts of what a remote control can be.

The exhibit of their designs, Lazy Bytes, makes its United States debut this week at Parsons The New School for Design’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center after a successful run in London earlier this year.

Four leading design schools from around the world – the Royal College of Art in London, ECAL in Lausanne, ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris, and Parsons The New School for Design ¬– worked together to reinvent the remote. Until now, visions of the evolution of remote controls have focused on performance; however, to truly make a device for the future, thinking about what a device means is as important as thinking about what a device does.

With 63 projects, 29 of which were selected for the exhibition, Lazy Bytes opens the field for reflection with its amazing ideas, such as Rolling Control, which is based on an old game, or Zap, the book with conductive ink that combines handwriting and digital control. Also presented here are concrete projects capable of changing our lives in the near future, for instance the small Free Hand that adheres to glass or a can to turn it into a remote control.


David Trubridge Lecture

Thu Sep 26, 2013 06:00 - Thu Sep 26, 2013

New Zealand Product Designer, David Trubridge, will give a lecture to School of Constructed Environments students and faculty. Examples of David's work can be found at his website:

Rama Chorpash, director of Product Design at Parsons will hold a question and answer session after the lecture.

This event is sponsored by the School of Constructed Environments Public Programs.


“Cross-Strait Relations” | “两岸关系”

Fri Sep 27, 2013 00:00 - Sun Dec 15, 2013

“Cross-Strait Relations” | “两岸关系” uses a diverse range of—videos, photographs, installations, sound art, and performance— to explore the pluralism of Chinese identity. By reexamining that identity, both geographically and culturally, these works cast the term ‘cross-strait relations,’ a commonly used phrase that points to the fraught relationship between China and Taiwan, in a new light. Works featured in the show are by Heman Chong, Lee Kit, Michael Lin, Charwei Tsai, Hong-kai Wang, and Hu Yun. A site-specific window installation by Lin will contribute to the drama of the gallery’s frontage and filter street views. Curated by Arthur Ou, an artist and assistant professor of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.



Sun May 05, 2013 00:00 - Fri May 24, 2013

Parsons The New School for Design will present its third annual Parsons Festival, which will take place May 5 through 24, 2013, and feature exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, critiques and special projects that celebrate the next generation of art and design in a range of disciplines.

“The festival is an exciting opportunity for the public to come face to face with the breadth and depth of work of the next generation in art and design,” said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers. “This annual event enables us to provide a look at the creative process across a range of media, and present cross-disciplinary, collaborative work that speaks to the high level of innovation, critical thinking, and social engagement at Parsons.”

This year, Parsons Festival is an official event of the first NYCxDESIGN, the inaugural citywide event celebrating New York City’s diverse design scene.

The following are a selection of events featured in the Parsons Festival, including exhibitions of graduating student work. For more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit

Parsons MFA Design and Technology Exhibition
Wednesday, May 8–Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 8, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School For Design, 6 East 16th Street, 6th floor, New York
Symposium: Friday, May 17-Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, New York
The MFA Design and Technology thesis exhibition features installations and performances, objects and apps, games and video, and interactive experiences that explore the dynamic role of technology in our lives. Works invoke the playful, the informative, the critical, and the subversive to investigate emerging issues and spark discussion. For more information, visit

Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology Annual 2013
Thursday, May 9–Friday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 9, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York
Parsons’ School of Art, Media and Technology Annual 2013 presents the best graduating work in the school’s undergraduate programs in Communication Design, Design and Technology, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography. Discover a new generation of artists and designers through this multimedia exhibition, curated by New York based artist and curator Amanda Parmer, which showcases the depth and breadth of the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons

Parsons MFA Transdisciplinary Design Symposium
Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Graduate students in the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program and outside experts in the field explore aspects of this relatively new discipline, which uses design thinking to address major social, economic and cultural issues, from urbanization to the economy and the environment. Also on view is a selection of thesis projects by graduating students in the program, which last year included Softwalks, winner of a Fast Company Design and Innovation Award.

Saturday, May 11, 12:30–3:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School For Design, 6 East 16th Street, 12th floor
Free admission. Registration is required:
Turn trash to treasure! Experiment with interactive design! Children ages 11–13 and their families are invited to this fun, multigenerational workshop. Come tinker with electronics using a simple, safe device called The Noisemaker—no previous experience with engineering or computer programming necessary. We will explore the way electricity works and make delightful contraptions that beep, buzz, and light up. Please bring discarded electronic devices, plastic toys, and boxes that open and close, as well as recyclables such as egg cartons. (Materials will also be provided.)

Parsons BFA Communication Design/Design and Technology Screenings and Book/Web Launch
Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Screenings); 5:00-9:00 p.m. (Book/Web Launch)
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York
Parsons presents narrative shorts and documentary, animation, kinetic type, sound, performance, and experimental videos by graduating students in its BFA Communication Design and BFA Design and Technology programs. A related book and website launch follows.