thawed: a result of
the collaboration between the School of Architecture and Graphic
Design Departments at the University of Illinois. We began work
in the Spring 2008, co-teaching a seminar with participants from
both disciplines, and invited contributions from the University
community to participate in our dialogue.
Both the result of, and a reflection on, our condition within the Midwest, thawed is a product of its place and an interface between the University of Illinois and broader discussions on architecture, information, and print media.
thawed is a research project and experiment that aims to reveal things hidden from the numbing slumber of habituation and cultivate meaningful moments within the digitized torrent of mass media. If conventional wisdom categorizes information as fluid and architecture as frozen, thawed is an attempt to alter the state of both and explore the transitional phases between them. Not merely a container of ideas, nor a mirror of them, it is a catalyst for action.
You will quickly notice the journal is in pieces. It comes to you as a collection of multiple pamphlets, objects, and posters that can be viewed together as a unit, or distributed in individual pieces. There is no correct order; there are only reconfigurable variations. Included in your package are sections that will have an afterlife beyond this inaugural issue as part of an ongoing series, as well as one-off design projects.
Field Correspondence: is a reaction from the "field" and includes curated submissions from students and faculty at the University in the form of notes, essays, and objects. A Very Long Conversation: extends or responds to themes explored by earlier publications of the University, while at the same time, sparking new talking points for design culture in the Midwest. It is intended to be a continuous stream of 'conversation' between each issue of the journal.
We believe that print media, at its best, allows room for the reader to engage both intellectually and materially with ideas. This collection is an attempt to create this space for a two-way interaction with you, its reader. The journal then is our surrogate - a mobile virtual character, or avatar - in a transportable conversation with you to be taken along your way.
Prof. Stewart Hicks, Architecture; Prof. Jimmy Luu, Art + Design