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Thursday, May 18 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Protest Sign-Making FULL

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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. 

** If you successfully register for this workshop, it will be confirmed in your personalized schedule. Please plan to arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5 minutes before the session begins will forfeit their spot to those in line. 
** If you were unable to successfully register for this workshop but were added to the waitlist and want to attend, it may still be possible if a space becomes available on the day of the session. Please plan to arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session and wait in the standby line. Open spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis to those in line. 
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Program Themes
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WE are the agents of change in this world. We are the artists, activists, and innovators who can raise consciousness and organize resistance to redesign our future. The forward movement of science and society doesn’t have to mean dystopia—it could mean more advanced problem-solving... Read More →

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Taeyoon Choi

Co-Founder, School for Poetic Computation
Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and storytelling that often leads to interventions in public spaces. He has published books about urbanism and is currently working on a book of drawings... Read More →

Program Partners
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NEW INC was founded by the New Museum in 2014 and is the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. It occupies eight thousand square feet of dedicated office, workshop, social, and... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
American Underground Training Room