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Candy Chang

Transforming Our Cities

Chang Candy

Friday, February 12, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

Through the acti­va­tion of pub­lic spaces around the world, Tai­wanese-Amer­i­can artist Candy Chang cre­ates work that exam­ines the dynam­ics between soci­ety and the psy­che, the thresh­old between iso­la­tion and com­mu­nity, and the ways shared places can cul­ti­vate reflec­tion, per­spec­tive, and kin­ship. She is inter­ested in the rela­tion­ship between pub­lic space and men­tal health, the ten­sion between indi­vid­ual lib­erty and social cohe­sion, and a city that exposes and fos­ters the com­plex­ity of the indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive psy­che. With a back­ground in urban plan­ning, Chang worked with com­mu­ni­ties in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Van­cou­ver, and Johan­nes­burg, where she observed uni­ver­sal chal­lenges of the demo­c­ra­tic com­mons. She cre­ated inter­ac­tive exper­i­ments in the pub­lic realm to explore more inclu­sive forms of com­mu­nity dia­logue. After strug­gling with grief and depres­sion, she chan­neled her emo­tional ques­tions into her pub­lic work. Thanks to pas­sion­ate peo­ple around the world, her par­tic­i­pa­tory pub­lic art project Before I Die has been cre­ated in over 2,000 cities and over 70 coun­tries, includ­ing China, Iraq, Argentina, Rus­sia, Haiti, Kaza­khstan, and South Africa. Her work has been exhib­ited in the Venice Archi­tec­ture Bien­nale, New Museum, Tate Mod­ern, San Fran­cisco Museum of Mod­ern Art, Ogden Museum of South­ern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is a recip­i­ent of the TED Senior Fel­low­ship, Tulane Uni­ver­sity Urban Inno­va­tion Fel­low­ship, Tony Gold­man Vision­ary Artist Award, and Art Pro­duc­tion Fund Artist Res­i­dency. She was named one of the Top 100 Lead­ers in Pub­lic Inter­est Design by Impact Design Hub, a Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Mag­a­zine, and a World Eco­nomic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been the keynote speaker at events includ­ing the Cre­ativ­ity World Forum, Amer­i­can Plan­ning Asso­ci­a­tion National Con­fer­ence, and the Global Health Sum­mit. She received a Master’s degree in Urban Plan­ning from Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity, as well as a BS in Archi­tec­ture and a BFA in Graphic Design from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

This Speaker Series event is an online pre­mière of a live event from our archives, which the artist has gra­ciously granted per­mis­sion for in light of the ongo­ing cir­cum­stances of iso­la­tion. The event took place in 2014 with sup­port from Taub­man Col­lege of Archi­tec­ture and Urban Plan­ning, Arts Engine, and the Insti­tute for the Humanities.