RISD’s Center for Complexity to Present a Three-Day Collapse Symposium

The Center for Complexity (CfC) at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announces its fourth annual symposium, to be held at the RISD campus in Providence, Rhode Island, September 21-23, 2022. The symposium will feature speakers , a panel of discussions, a group inquiry and an exhibition designed to advance a collective understanding of the meaning and consequences of the collapse.

A variety of planned interactions between artists, designers, scholars, inspirational speakers and the public will further the ambitious goals of the event. “This forum is a space for collective inquiry and discovery, blending diverse areas of expertise, experience and knowledge,” says CfC founding director Justin Cook.

“The Center for Complexity is an integrated systems design and research team at RISD,” adds Anais Missakian, acting vice president of RISD. “Their commitment to creative practice as a pathway to deeper understanding of complex systems and, ultimately, meaningful change, is exemplary of how we approach research at RISD.”

Porter House and Grill chef/partner Michael Lomonaco will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, September 21. Former culinary director of the Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Lomonaco survived the September 11 attacks in a turnaround. As a New York restaurateur facing the catastrophic impact of the COVID pandemic, Lomonaco’s experience offers a unique perspective on coping, adjusting, and responding to crises with creativity and compassion.

The keynote speaker for Friday, September 23 is Jack Halberstam, professor of gender studies and English at Columbia University and author of seven books, including The queer art of failure. Her creative ability to disrupt conventional understandings is sure to inspire new perspectives.

The CfC at RISD is a platform for transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, informed by global events and creative practices, founded to benefit scholars, practitioners, a wide range of partners, and the RISD community.

For more information, visit collapse2022.xyz.

Sharon D. Cole