Dr. Peter McGraw + Chelsey Delaney present an on-stage conversation: Decoding Humor in Art + Design Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Doors 6:30 p.m. | Event 7 p.m. Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus.
This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited. Please RSVP here.
About the Lecture Great comedy is an art form, but what makes an artist a great comedian? Join two humor experts as they hash out the interplay of art, design, and comedy. We will explore what makes something funny, the benefits (and costs) of pursuing humor within art and design, and how humor enhances the creative process.
About the Lecturers Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. Chelsey Delaney leads User Experience at Planned Parenthood Federation of America at its new Digital Products Lab. She completed her Master of Design thesis on the intersection of humor and interaction design in 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University. She regularly writes and speaks about humor and design.
The Humor Lecture Series This on-stage conversation lays a contextual groundwork for the VASD Program’s yearlong Humor lecture series. Throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016, this series focuses on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Humor exists in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, allowing creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.