Steiner Lecture in Creative Inquiry: Kelli Anderson

6:30pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU College of Fine Arts, Room CFA-111 (map)
Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

“Kelli Anderson is one of the most talented, thoughtful, inspiring young designers working today, bringing to each project an artist’s flair, a scientist’s rigor, and a philosopher’s deliberation.” —Maria Popova, Brainpickings

Kelli Anderson GIF loop showing animated popup books

Kelli Anderson (@kellianderson) is an artist/designer and tinkerer who draws, photographs, cuts, prints, codes, and creates a variety of designed things for herself and others. From interactive paperforms to layered, experimental websites, Kelli subverts expectations by injecting humor and surprise into everyday objects. In fall 2017, she published This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions, a book about how humble materials can perform extraordinary feats—and featuring a tiny, pop-up planetarium and other functional contraptions.

Kelli writes: “In my work, I try to better understand how things work so that I might demonstrate their surprising capabilities hidden in plain sight. However, lo-fi research methods are also being used in (what would traditionally be considered) high-tech fields. Using strategies like origami, engineering labs are also seeking ways to make complex problems tangible—to open then up to physical intuition. By engaging abstractions tangibly, we often find surprising possibilities hidden in plain view.”

This presentation is made possible by the Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.