SHIFT: The 2019 MFA Interaction Design Thesis Festival


May 13, 2019
11:45am – 5:30pm


SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

The 2019 MFA Interaction Design Thesis Festival at SVA is a celebration of work from interaction design graduates who declare their thesis explorations in a public forum. On stage are talks from graduate students in interaction design—a group of designers, engineers, storytellers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and inventors—who present work that connects ideas to the human experience. 

In her keynote speech, world-renowned artist and urban designer, Candy Chang, demystifies the creative process, inspires personal reflection, and provokes new ideas for community and well-being. A TED Senior Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Chang has also created installations for people to share their hopes for vacant storefronts, a confessional sanctuary in a Las Vegas casino, designated sites for crying in Hong Kong, and a civic tool called for people to collaborate on the future of their communities. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, and Tate Modern. She was also named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub and a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine

In the theatre lobby, prototypes are available for play and exploration.

11:45AM Registration
12:00PM Welcome, Liz Danzico
12:15PM Opening Remarks, Eric Forman & Graham Letorney
12:20PM Student Presentations
1:45PM Lunch
2:00PM Student Presentations
3:25PM Keynote, Candy Chang
3:40PM Exhibition Remarks, Eric Forman & Graham Letorney
3:45PM Closing Remarks, Liz Danzico
4:00PM -5:30PM Reception, SVA Theatre Lobby 

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