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Our New Website Launches this Month!

We’re excited to unveil Superscript’s new website later this month. Designed by Saundra Marcel, creative director of the New York office of Real Art, the site will feature the full range of our work to date, from writing and editing to research, strategy, and programming, with collaborators like Pentagram, MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design, Designers & Books, and more. You’ll also find all the latest Superscript news and upcoming events (Psst…don’t miss our next ADBC meet-up. Join the mailing list here for an invite). Click here for a full preview.

Stay tuned…!

Thurs, 5/9 @MAD: On Display #3: Location

In the future…
What functions will a museum building serve? How will museums engage with their location? What new cultural roles will museums claim? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of architecture, planning, and museology.

On Display
Case study #3: Location
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

 

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums? Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. The in-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum, March 12-June 9, 2013.

 

Case study #3: Location

In 2008, MAD relocated from a Midtown side street to 2 Columbus Circle. Historically the point from which all distances are measured from New York, Columbus Circle acts as both a magnet and centripetal force in the city, a lively public space where people of all types and generations mix. MAD’s decision to relocate to an emblematic site in New York City raised the museum’s profile overnight, giving it a bold physical presence in the urban fabric and a clear stake in the surrounding public space. How does a museum’s location impact its role as a cultural aggregator and disseminator?

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay

 

Previously:

Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm
Case study #2: Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm

Thurs, 4/18 @MAD: On Display #2: Exhibition

In the future…
What themes will exhibitions address? How will exhibitions be designed? What spaces will exhibitions inhabit? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of design, publishing, museology, and anthropology.

On Display
Case study #2: Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums? Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. Thein-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum, March 12-June 9, 2013.

Case study #2: Exhibition
The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy, and Reality (1984) at MAD (then the American Craft Museum) was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the history of robots, cyborgs, automatons, and androids. A visionary exhibit that attracted a record number of visitors with its interactive displays, MAD presented robots as a multidisciplinary phenomenon, a confluence of craft and science. But beyond the myth of the robot, here were the roots of a revolution — automatization, new production methods, and even 3D printing and rapid prototyping — that would take the design world by storm in the following twenty years. How can exhibitions forecast future trends in design, from concepts to manufacturing, funding and consuming?

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay

Save the Date!
Case study #3: Location
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm

Previously:
Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm

ADBC #5: Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise @MAD April 4

Superscript invites you to the fifth meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest Stephanie Murg.

On Thursday, April 4 join Superscript and art and design writer Stephanie Murg for a discussion of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (1883), a novel set amid the the rise of the modern department store in 19th century Paris.

Basing his fictional emporium on spectacular Parisian stores like Bon Marché, Zola describes experimentation with all types of marketing methods—advertising, fixed prices, and, most notably, the dazzling displays that lured customers in from the street, pulling them, floor after floor, through a sea of goods ranging from the exotic to the everyday. We’ll discuss design themes related to consumerism, the modern city, and the rise of the middle class.

The conversation will take place in the second floor galleries at MAD, amid the current exhibition After the Museum: The Home Front 2013, which includes a related installation by Superscript, On Display. The April 4 event is free and open to the public (on Thursdays evenings MAD admission is free/pay-what-you-wish).

Need a copy of the book? Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Oxford University Press, we have several copies of The Ladies’ Paradise (trans. Brian Nelson, 1995) available to give away to guests. Email us at hello@superscript.co to arrange pick up while supplies last!

Guest: Stephanie Murg is a writer whose interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion, and capital markets. She edits the design blog UnBeige, lectures widely on design history and visual culture, and has a background in research for JPMorganChase (London), Harvard Business School, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her writing appears regularly in publications such as Wallpaper*ARTnews, Art+AuctionThe Architect’s Newspaper, and Smithsonian.

Text: Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise.

Venue: The Museum of Arts and Design, 2nd fl. galleries, 2 Columbus Circle

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time:
6:30pm Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Discussion, Q&A
7:30pm Drinks reception

Produced by editorial consultancy Superscript, ADBC is a free and public book club. We invite anyone to drop in and join our informal conversations in different venues around the city.
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Thursday, 3/21 @ MAD: On Display #1: Object

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums?

On Display
Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm
MAD, 2 Columbus Circle

Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. The in-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum.

Case study #1: Object
For The Global Africa Project, a 2010 exhibition on African visual culture today, MAD included the Taboo stool by the industrial design firm Birsel + Seck. Made of 75 percent recycled plastic and manufactured by a female-owned company in designer Bibi Seck’s birthplace of Senegal, Taboo was a groundbreaking design object in multiple ways, as was MAD’s choice to present the modest object amid an array of visually dazzling pieces.

In the future, what will museums choose to display, how will people experience objects, and what will museums say about objects? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of design, museology, and anthropology.

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay


ADBC #4: Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book @ P! February 20

Wednesday, February 20

A special ADBC at P!

334 Broome Street, NYC

6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for a conversation about design themes in Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book as part of P!‘s “Six Months of Copying” program.

In The Black Book, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk weaves multiple stories of the city Istanbul, past and present, into a dream-like mystery that questions how we construct identity and memory. We’ll be focusing on selected short excerpts with copies available for sharing at the event (i.e. don’t worry if you haven’t read the text in advance!):

Chapter 2 (“When the Bosphorus Dries Up”)

Chapter 11 (“We Lost Our Memories at the Movies,” second half)

Chapter 18 (“The Dark Air Shaft”)

Chapter 33 (“The Mysterious Paintings”)

“This book may be a love song to Istanbul and a subtle allegory of deconstruction, but, above all, it is a celebration of storytelling, an art increasingly rare in a world of gossip and faddism.”–Jonathan Beckman, The Observer

About P!
P! is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in New York’s Chinatown. Read more about “Six Months of Copying” here. @p_exclamation

About ADBC
ADBC is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. Through selected readings, both fiction and non-fiction, we discuss issues related to architecture and design. Everyone—experts and passers-by alike—is invited to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation, debate, and refreshments. ADBC is produced by the editorial consultancy Superscript. Sign up for our mailing list here or follow us @superscriptco for updates.

Save the Dates! SS Spring 2013 events


 

 

Superscript is pleased to announce a busy line-up of spring events–we hope you’ll join us! In addition to our quarterly ADBC meet-ups, we will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with a “live-edited” installation at the Museum of Art and Design’s 2013 Home Front Series. More details below…

ADBC: The Architecture and Design Book Club
ADBC is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. Through selected readings, both fiction and non-fiction, we discuss issues related to architecture and design. Everyone—experts and passers-by alike—is invited to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation, debate, and refreshments. Sign up for our mailing list here or follow us @superscriptco for  updates. Our spring ADBC events include:

Wednesday, February 20: A special ADBC at P! (334 Broome Street, NYC), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join us for a conversation about Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book as part of P!‘s “Six Months of Copying” program. P! is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in New York’s Chinatown. Read more about the program here, and check back for further information on our selected excerpts of The Black Book and the evening’s special guests.

Thursday, April 4: ADBC at the Museum of Art and Design (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
As part of MAD’s 2013 Home Front Series: After the Museum, Superscript will host an ADBC featuring Emile Zola’s The Ladies Paradise, the story of the rise of the department store in 19th century Paris, and the modern marketing techniques that evolved alongside it. The selection relates to Superscript’s installation and event series “On Display,” which is part of MAD’s Home Front Series, more information below. Zola excerpts and special guest speaker to be announced–stay tuned!

 

ON DISPLAY: Installation & events for 2013 Home Front Series @ Museum of Art and Design
Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the Museum of Art and Design? Continue reading

Superscript named 2012 “American Influencer”

Superscript is excited to be part of Surface magazine’s “2012 Portfolio of American Influence”! In a feature on contemporary influencers in Architecture Media, Surface editor Spencer Bailey talks to Molly Heintz about Superscript’s Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC). Check out a PDF of the feature in the November/December 2012 issue of Surface by clicking here, and subscribe to the ADBC mailing list here! Continue reading