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Words Change Through Space and Time

How To Do Things With Words

10 / 15 / 2010 | , Events

An Exhibition of Radical Speech Acts

October 30–November 9, 2010
Opening Reception:
November 1, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons The New School for Design
66 5th Avenue at 13th St.

NEW YORK, October 18, 2010—The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design presents How To Do Things With Words, an exhibition of radical speech acts organized by Melanie Crean, an artist and assistant professor at Parsons. On view October 30 through November 9, Parsons will host an opening reception on November 1, 6:00-8:00 pm.

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How To Do Things With Words: project descriptions

10 / 14 / 2010 | , Events

How To Do Things With Words
Sat Oct 30 – Tue Nov 9
Opening Reception: Mon Nov 1 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 5th Avenue at 13th Street
Organized by Melanie Crean

Art Work Project Descriptions:

The Shape of Change
Melanie Crean, 2007-2010
The Shape of Change is a series of projects that analyze the capacity of speech to produce personal and political change. Projects include Music for Shiloh, How My Son Learns to Speak of War, Conversations on the Line and The Anonymous Archives.

Music for Shiloh
Melanie Crean, 2010
Music For Shiloh is a…

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Interview with Huong Ngo

10 / 12 / 2010 | , Interviews

The following conversation took place between Huong Ngo (bio below) and Melanie Crean during June and July, 2010.

Melanie:  So to begin with, what changes do you think might need to take place to change the political environment of our nations school systems?

Huong Ngo: This is a big question. First, I think that the changes should happen on all levels, not just in the universities. It is a mistake to think that we can create real change if we neglect the time in our lives when we are most enculturated, which is when we are young. Second, I think that…

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Interview with Ben Shepard

10 / 10 / 2010 | , Interviews

Ben Shepard

This conversation took place over video Skype with Lauren Larken, Provocateur from Shape of Change, and Benjamin Shepard, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Human Services at City Tech/City University of New York. He is the author/editor of five books, including the second part of this study, Play, Creativity, and the New Community Organizing (also under contract with Routledge) and Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services (Sage).
LL:  How do you define change over time? How do you see it manifest in your personal life and work?

Ben: Organizing change isn’t a soccer game….

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Interview with Krzysztof Wodiczko

09 / 10 / 2010 | , Interviews

Melanie Crean: I know from your website that you refer to your work as “Interrogative Design” and I wondered if you could elaborate a little bit on what that means.

Krzysztof Wodiczko: I can try. This Interrogative Design has to do with responding to the needs that should not exist in a civilized world. Unfortunately they do exist. It is a scandalous situation that they exist. Therefore the design of response to such needs should also make a scandal of their existence. These designs have multiple objectives.

One objective is to respond to the needs that should not exist…

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Interview with Sharon Hayes

09 / 9 / 2010 | , Interviews

Melanie Crean: In many of your pieces you employ the act of re-speaking: the recitation of historical texts. Can you talk about the method of interpretation you are exploring, by shifting historical contexts and spaces? What types of issues are you playing with by inserting the past into the present?

Sharon Hayes: I arrived at this set of strategies that I call, “re-speaking” which has to do with taking an oral text that was once spoken and “re-speaking” it in a different moment. An oral to oral translation with out the idea of shifting language but rather shifting time. Shifting…

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Interview with Steve Kurtz

06 / 23 / 2010 | , Interviews

This conversation took place between Steve Kurtz and Melanie Crean on 06.23.10.

Melanie Crean: I just started recording.

Steve Kurtz: Well, my whole life is recorded. I’m used to cameras and tape recorders and whatever else. As far as free speech goes, I am not sure my case was so precedent-setting. I think mine was part of a long list of free speech cases, from the Palmer Raids to McCarthyism and Cointelpro to the present day. Where it was precedent-setting was in how the federal prosecutors were framing the charge. It would have completely changed contract law. It would have…

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Conversations on Change

04 / 1 / 2010 | , Events

Conversations on Change
Friday, April 23, 2010 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design
25 East 13th St., 2nd floor, NYC
Admission is FREE

For Conversations on Change, scholars and practitioners from the fields of art, science and religion discuss commonalities and differences amongst their views of political change. The discussion series is part of Melanie Crean’s The Shape of Change, a series of projects that examine our nation’s evolving concept of change, seeking to countermand the empty political brand the term was reduced to in recent elections. Ms. Crean is a full time faculty member in Parson’s School of…

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Interview with Sean Gourley

10 / 9 / 2009 | , Interviews

This between Melanie Crean and mathematician Sean Gourley was conducted for Where We Are Now Magazine in October.

The Shape of Change

October 16th, 2009
By Melanie Crean and Sean Gourley

This conversation took place between Melanie Crean and Sean Gourley via email during the month of September 2009. Their discussion focused on notions of change as a physical, political and cultural phenomenon whose nature and impact, though sometimes measurable and predicable, still cannot be strictly defined. Crean is an artist and teacher, living in Brooklyn and teaching at Parsons The New School for Design. Gourley is a mathematician, political advisor, and…

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