Erik Adigard (FR)
As a founder of M-A-D (San Francisco + Montpellier) with Patricia McShane, Erik Adigard has evolved through a hybrid of design and art practices, ranging from identity and multimedia to environmental design and activism. A critical perspective on contemporary issues has remained an evolutive thread: in early years as technology was reframing all aspects of life, and more recently as humanity is being challenged to engage the crisis of socio-ecosystems.
Notable works include visual designs and creative systems for Wired Ventures and IBM, the short documentary Webdreamer, the book Architecture Must Burn, and the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit design. Other large commissions include exhibits and installations for biennales in Paris, Lisbon, St Etienne and Venice. Recent projects include a 400m-tall animation for the ICC tower in Hong Kong, and the design of Expanded Field, a book on the convergence between architecture and art practices. Adigard is currently working on SENSEFACTORY, a Bauhaus Centennial multi-disciplinary installation, set to open in September 2019 in Munich, to then travel to other cities.
The Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Rome Prize in Design, and Venice Biennale Special Mention are among his main awards. Adigard teaches at the California College of the Arts.