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Deem Symposium | Designing for Dignity 02: A Convening of Possibilities

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About the program


This is a paid ticketed event.

Program Location

Museum of Contemporary Art, Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E Chicago Ave

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This spring, Deem presents its second live symposium: Designing for Dignity 02: A Convening of Possibilities.
In continuation with last year’s inaugural gathering, this hybrid in-person/online event will be co-hosted by the MCA Chicago on May 17, 18, and 19, 2024.

Deem will expand on the guiding premise of dignity as the intrinsic lens for liberatory design practices with two days of presentations and conversations, as well as interactive workshops and on-site experiences happening both at the museum and throughout the city of Chicago. This year’s program will bring together innovative and acclaimed artists, designers, scholars, and organizers to reflect on a range of design-related topics, disciplines, methodologies, and agendas.

Deem will again organize a three-day Reference Room to provide a public gathering space in which anyone can encounter and experience reading materials that have inspired our five print issues. Literature in the form of books, articles, and essays will reflect thoughtlines in our research, specific mentions from our pages, and recommendations from our contributors. We hope to create context and access to educational tools around Deem’s processes and beliefs, as well as a haven for reflection and repose. The Reference Room will be located at the MCA and open to any visitor from 10AM to 6PM on May 17–19.

Reference Room Opens

Artist and designer Norman Teague and International Interior Design Association Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst will exchange ideas around ontologies of beauty within the design industry, and how to build practical and theoretical frameworks for more liberated aesthetic languages. This intimate conversation to kickoff our program will be moderated by Deem cofounder Marquise Stillwell.


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Deem is a biannual print journal and online platform focused on design as social practice. We explore human-centric design frameworks independent of exclusive institutions and industry categories.

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