Silas Munro

Lecture: Pixel in Picture in Pixel…
Thursday, April 28: 1:30 - 3:15pm
Noble Lounge

Zoey Barnes’ texts blip across a fictive Rock Creek Park in House of Cards. Sam White’s mother is made visual as a character in Dear White People only by a glowing iOS avatar. From Godard’s Masculin Féminin to Wes Anderson’s Royal Tenenbaums the diagetic space has long been ruptured by filmmakers acting as typographers. In an age we might call post-Soderbergh’s-State-of-Cinema, Film and Graphic Design make for animated scene partners. Geoff McFetridge's work with Spike Jonze on Her show a designer as a generator of production design, character, and narrative. My own practice in the fictive nature of graphic design, my research in the performative nature of typography, and my interest in the exploded state of cinema today make for an unusual tour guide. I suggest a speculative journey into the infinity mirror of films made for screens and screens made for film. Now featuring pixel in picture in pixel.™

Silas Munro is a designer who utilizes a multi-modal practice to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves in order to effect positive change on society as a whole. 
He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

His design studio, Poly-Mode primarily works with cultural institutions and community based organizations including The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Housing Works, MoMA, Walker Art Center, and Wynwood in Miami, Florida. These collaborations have lead to everything from information design of NYC Public City Schools, graphics for protesting activists at Housing Works, publication design for Jacob Lawrence, and the identity of an entire formerly predominately Puerto Rican neighborhood.

Munro’s research addresses the relationship between the designer’s personal identity, formal systems and strategies s/he utilizes, and how both interact with the communities s/he serves. He is particularly interested in the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. This has taken tangible form in design work and writing that have been published via books, exhibitions, and websites in Germany, Japan, Korea, the US, and the UK such as: Chronicle Books, IDEA magazine, and Slanted magazine.

A seasoned and dedicated educator, Munro’s pedagogy focuses on formal and typographic systems in our present experience ecology that includes existing and emerging technologies from the laser cutter to the letterpress. He has been a critic at CalArts, Maryland Institute College of Art, North Carolina State, and York University. Munro serves as Assistant Professor of Art and Graduate Director, Experience Design, Miami University and Founding Faculty in the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts.