Thursday, February 16th, 2017. 7-9pm
Prime Produce, NYC (address sent prior to event)
Private event, RSVP required
$5 suggested donation for materials
Handwritten signs are personal, compelling interfaces between people and the city. A sign can also be a device for intervening into public space or a tool for introducing counter-narratives to the mainstream media. If we consider protest signs as a poetic medium for social engagement, a sign making workshop is a space to develop your message by learning from people whose views and priorities may differ.
In this workshop we will reflect on protest signage we’ve seen recently and talk about different ways to create a simple and compelling message by asking the following:
- How do we make signs that start a dialogue instead of shouting messages in one direction?
- What are effective strategies for communicating complex messages and emotions concisely?
- Where does public demonstration have value as a political and performative act?
- How can we bring artistic practice closer to activist praxis?
Together we will go, step-by-step, through conceptualization, sketching, layout, and execution, following the design process with a group discussion. Hands-on activities will help you create personal protest signs that give voice to your thoughts and body to your message.
White sign boards (20” x 30”), black ink, brushes, and markers will be provided. Guests are invited to bring your own materials if they wish.
Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that often leads to storytelling in public spaces. He published artists’ books including Urban Programming 101 and Anti-Manifesto. His collaborative performances were presented at the Whitney Musem and LACMA. His projects were commissioned by Shanghai Biennale and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul. Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation in New York, where he continues to organize and teach. Recently, his work has focused on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology.