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DIS "Thinkspo" Opening Event

December 3, 2017, 2:00 pm5:00 pm
Video still from Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, "The Restaurant", 2017; part of the exhibition "Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network"

Video still from Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, "The Restaurant", 2017; featured in the exhibition "Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network"

Koret Auditorium, Piazzoni Murals Room, Wilsey Court

Join us in celebrating the opening of the DIS collective’s Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network with an opening day “Thinkspo” full of stimulating activities of all kinds. The installation of The DIS Edutainment Network in Wilsey Court behaves like a campaign for ideas—commissioning and presenting radical solutions and predictive storytelling to expand the reach and accessibility of key conversations bubbling up through fringes of contemporary art, activism, philosophy, and technology. It is conceived as a counter to our paradoxical times, the platform identifies nascent cultures and unmasks the hidden structures of power and information that shape our lives.

In that spirit, the “Thinkspo” brings together leading artists and thinkers related to the channel, coming together with participatory activities IRL to inspire, inform, and mobilize around ideas raised by the project. Artist and entrepeneur Sean Raspet brings his new non/food meal replacement bars for demoing and tasting, Sean Monahan and Sophie Secaf will lead teens in a panel revealing shifting trends in youth behavior and attitudes, and members of DIS will speak about their shift from publishing online as a magazine to broadcasting online as a platform for edutainment. Visitors can also enjoy a cash bar in Wilsey Court during the day's events.

Detailed Schedule

Art Making
Wilsey Court | 2–5 pm

Sean Raspet, non/food tasting and demo
Wilsey Court | 2–5 pm

Sean Raspet works between between the art economy and the economy of mass-production, working conceptually, but creating actual products for consumption in everyday life. He has collaborated with the company that produces Soylent, through this and other research into food chemistry, he has now developed his own line of meal replacement bars, which he will demo and sample as part of Thinkspo. Non/Food uses a custom blend of algae varieties to make a whole meal that is high-protein, high-fiber, loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and anti-oxidants, low sugar and low starch.

Video Screenings
Koret Auditorium | 2–5 pm

DIS presents a program of longer form videos related to excerpts included on The DIS Edutainment Network. With videos by Daniel Keller, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, and others.

The GenExit Report with Sean Monahan and Sophie Secaf
Piazzoni Murals Room | 3–3:45 pm

DIS presents a live research panel led by Box1824 strategist Sophie Secaf and artist & writer Sean Monahan, joined by members of the de Young’s Teen Ambassadors. Secaf and Monahan work in the cultural realm as forecasters of trends and demographic tendencies through qualitative and semiotic research. They will speak about their Spring 2017 GenExit report on the rising generation of teens, which revealed that teens today do not conform to Millennial stereotypes (more connected, more progressive, more idealistic), rather the youth were concerned with privacy, pragmatic in outlook, and skeptical of the future. They will be joined by teens who will answer to the study’s research queries, and share their social media habits, political opinions, and perspective on what the future holds.

DIS Pop-up talk
Wilsey Court | 4–4:30 pm 

Lauren Boyle and Marco Roso, half of DIS, will speak about the de Young installation, and DIS’s overall pivot to a video streaming (OTT) platform for Edutainment, shifting its practice to reflect the reality of an evolving world—finding a new purpose within the irrational, “alternative facts” landscape of today. 

Ticket Information

Free and open to the public. Pricing still applies to visit permanent collection galleries and the exhibition Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire.


Contact Information

Public Programs
publicprograms@famsf.org
(415) 750-7694