“Creativity and Public Sphere” Panel Discussion Explores the Relationship between Aesthetics and Civic Engagement

College for Creative Studies ( CCS) celebrates US Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, with the panel discussion, “Creativity and the Public Sphere,” featuring Adrienne Maree Brown, Jerry Vile, and Lorraine Wild, moderated by Vince Carducci. The panel takes place from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium located on the Walter and Joseph Ford Campus of CCS. It will explore ways in which creativity has the potential to open up innovative ways of thinking and along with it action. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Creativity enters the public domain through many different channels, including the design of impactful objects and communications, the imagining of alternative futures through narrative and visual texts, and the prompting of public dialog in the media and elsewhere,” said Eleanor Fuchs, assistant provost of CCS. “As a leader in creative education, CCS is pleased to present what will no doubt be a lively discussion on the topic of how aesthetics can function as a form of civic engagement.”

The panelists represent a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities and practices:

Adrienne Maree Brown is a writer, science fiction scholar, facilitator, artist, and doula living in Detroit. Brown sees all of her work as healing trauma and creating possibilities. After years of social justice facilitation, including work as Executive Director of the Ruckus Society, National Co-Coordinator of the United States Social Forum, and Facilitator of the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, she has embraced speculative fiction as a way to envision futures that generate individual and community transformation. She studied at Columbia University in New York, and is now in teacher training for somatics. In 2013, she was named a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow in Literary Arts.

Lorraine Wild is an internationally recognized graphic designer, writer, art historian, and studio instructor of design. She is principal of Green Dragon Office in Los Angeles and creative director of design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Wild is also associated with the design program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she has taught for many years. She is also a partner (along with Kristine McKenna and Donna Wingate) in Foggy Notion Books. Wild holds a BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MFA from Yale University. In 2006, she received the American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA Medal, the highest honor for lifetime achievement in the field.

Jerry Vile is a long-time impresario and provocateur on the Detroit cultural scene. In the late 1970s he published the zine White Noise and in the 1980s another zine, Fun. He also performed with the pioneering Detroit punk band, the Boners. For a decade following, he published the alternative magazine Orbit. Since 2000, he has mounted The Dirty Show®, a popular exhibition of erotic art. Most recently, Vile engaged the public sphere with a series of art interventions that comment on the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The most notable of these is Crisco Fist (Vessel of Hope), a site-specific installation in downtown Detroit that garnered national attention.

Vince Carducci is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies and publisher of the blog Motown Review of Art. His essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, from the academic press to alternative weeklies and webzines. In 2010, he received a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship for art criticism. He holds a BFA in art practice from Michigan State University and an MA in liberal studies from the New School for Social Research.