Organized by Claudia Borgna.
The second in our series juxtaposed artists and designers Lara Hoad & John Hulsey. Theme: Public v. Private.
Special thanks to our thought-provoking and generous presenters, Lara and John.
Lara Hoad is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art and has broad experience as an architect, designer and educator of noteworthy branded environments, exhibitions and experiences both nationally and globally. Lara oversees Design Direction at March Studio Branded Architecture as well as having her own small architecture and design practice Nuudel, which provides a platform for the exploration, through practice and education, of the role of brands and organizations in social and environmental architecture and design projects. Lara holds positions at OTIS College of Art and Design, and the School of Architecture at Woodbury University, where she teaches branding, architecture and design with a lens on social change and sustainability.
John Hulsey is an artist, writer, cultural organizer, and educator who works in collaboration with grassroots organizations and community groups fighting for racial and economic justice. Since 2008, he has worked closely with City Life/Vida Urbana, an organization of homeowners and tenants in Boston fighting housing displacement through direct action, legal advocacy, and popular education. Together with a core team of artists and activists, John has developed public projects that intervene on sites of power and poetically reimagine our collective relationships to place through site-specific performance, public projection, low-power radio, and publication. His research and writing explores the ways in which cultural practices in North America have intersected with place-based strategies and struggles for neighborhood and community self-determination. He is currently an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Art at UCLA and a PhD candidate in Film and Visual Studies in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.