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Ways of Experiencing: Virgil Abloh

Jun 24 – Jun 28, 2024
Across New York City
Research Question
To counterbalance Alboh’s oft-cited accomplishments, the summer workshop Ways of Experiencing: Virgil Abloh asks what strategies and methodologies Alboh deployed in his hybrid projects. How did he manage the multi-channel output without losing his auteur credibility? And what business systems were in place so he didn’t lose control of his vision?

In the Fall 2023 semester, GSAPP’s course Ways of Experiencing challenged students to redefine the avant-garde in the 21st century. When we drilled down what represented innovation in architecture and contemporary art, the answers were surprising. For the former, it was not an engineering feat or radical design, but rather the participatory nature architects were adopting, such as collaborating with the neighborhood to design a monument or organizing a Mahjong Club to convene an intergenerational community. For the latter, students bypassed museum artists and declared the disruptive fashion campaigns of Balenciaga as the most progressive visual culture of their generation. Embedded in those answers is the oversized impact of the designer Virgil Abloh.

The media has focused primarily on Abloh’s autobiographical narrative — his polymathic ability to traverse creative disciplines — a practice that is not only sustainable (and lucrative) but one that blurs boundaries and breaks rules. Abloh reimagined a career path privileging architectural language as a thru line to create work outside the built environment’s domain. His example influences and inspires kids like himself, someone from the margins who named his luxury label Off-White and instigated a movement to sit at the table and claim the center for a new generation of creatives.

Methodology and Process
The week-long intensive will be co-taught with an Alboh collaborator and friend, Sky Gellatly, and founder of ICNCLST, a marketing and artist management agency. The workshop meets daily and is punctuated with short lectures to set the stage for guest speakers who worked closely with Alboh. These intimate conversations with various professionals in graphic design, audio engineering, architecture, creative direction, and fashion are vital to the seminar. We examine the legacies of Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, David Hammons, and Takashi Murakami and their imprint on Abloh’s practice. In addition, students will participate in groups for an exercise in branding and presentation.
Outputs and Findings
We will create a blueprint of his world-building and map it as a professional development model for architects and designers who don’t want to build buildings.

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