Dot Lung


How to Survive a Pandemic, War and the Instagram Algorithm, 9:00-10:00am

How to rebuild your social media from scratch. Learn social media survival skills to overcome pandemics, war and algorithmic changes. Dot will share her social media strategy that generated multiple 6-figures during the Covid-19 lockdown! Learn more about Dot


Friday, October 22

Anisa Tavangar


Telling Visual Stories Through a Lens of Justice, 11:00-12:00pm

Through art and the insights of those who create it, beauty can thoughtfully weave together hidden narratives. When appreciated in its fullness, beauty can stir appreciation, invite curiosity, and inspire conversation. Join Anisa Tavangar of For Freedoms in an exploration of the following questions: What story are we telling? How can art (and the voices of artists) become a catalyst for justice and beauty? How can we be more visionary and less reactionary? Learn more about Anisa

Maya Bird-Murphy


Making Design Accessible, One Student at a Time, 10:00-11:00am

Join architect and changemaker Maya Bird-Murphy as she discusses her journey through the field of architecture and explores the lack of racial diversity and equity that inevitably led to the creation of Chicago Mobile Makers. Learn how to lean into change, offer hope and dream up new solutions that will inspire future generations. Learn more about Maya

Angela Luna


Democratizing Sustainable Fashion, 1:30-2:30pm

What is the role of the designer in the modern age of reuse, resale, and recycling? With sustainable fashion and responsible consumption landing far beyond so many people's budgets, there's often no choice but to shop from environmentally and ethically harmful brands. Angela Luna, Founder and Creative Director of ADIFF, invites us to consider alternative methods of fashion consumption that won't destroy the planet or our wallets. Learn more about Angela

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:30pm

Daniel Toole


Nature and Materials, 2:30-3:30pm

Can architecture create a deeper connection to nature? Using examples from his studio's quickly growing portfolio of urban projects and private residences, architect Daniel Toole will guide you through his design process that focuses on the interplay of light, site, and materials to create unique places for living and contemplation.  Learn more about Daniel

Robb Mills


Documentary Sound Design: Where Subtlety Meets Significance, 3:30-4:30pm

Robb Mills dives into his role as Sound Designer on the Oscar-nominated documentary Hunger Ward, an unflinching spotlight on the weaponization of food in Yemen's tragically overlooked and ongoing civil war. Learn about his intensely collaborative process with the filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald to subtly recreate and augment the sound in many scenes, returning them to their original emotional depth without fictionalizing or overreaching the intended narrative. Learn more about Robb

Skye Morét


Engaging Design for an Unstable World, 4:30-5:30pm

Can design shift our planet's socio-ecological interactions of the future in a positive and sustainable direction? Through data-driven design, design systems thinking, and collaborative decision-making, we have the potential to shift---and ideally advance---dynamic stewardship of our world. Using examples from her kaleidoscopic career path, designer, scientist and adventurer Skye Morét will explore how design can inform, shape and encourage the critical rethinking of our blue planet experience at the intersection of climate, environment, and social justice. Learn more about Skye

Closing Cocktail Party

5:30 - 7:30pm

In-Person, Open Space Studios

The country is opening up, but the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are still uncertain so Bend Design 2021 is a one-day hybrid event. A LIVE event for a limited audience that is also available via livestream to a virtual audience. Find Friday's events below and purchase a la carte tickets here. Questions? Visit the FAQ.

Tuesday, October 19

Gerhard Richter Painting

In-Person Film

Tin Pan Theater, 7:00-9:00pm

One of the world’s greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. Infamously media-shy, he agreed to appear on camera for the first time in 15 years for a 2007 short by filmmaker Corinna Belz called Gerhard Richter’s Window.


Her follow-up, Gerhard Richter Painting, is exactly that: a thrilling document of Richter’s creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvasses, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz’s portrait of an artist into a work of art itself. Buy Tickets.

Wednesday, October 20

Josh MacPhee

(Recorded) Artist Talk

Celebrating People’s History, Scalehouse Gallery, 5:00-7:00pm

The recorded talk is 40 minutes long and will start at 5:30pm. The film will loop until 7:00pm.

In this presentation, Josh MacPhee discusses the practical, conceptual, and aesthetic dimensions of the Celebrate People’s History poster project. The project, now over twenty years running, is a collection of over 150 offset printed posters celebrating events, movements, and individuals throughout history that are important for human liberation yet largely ignored or actively obscured by more mainstream accounts. Each poster is created by a different artist or designer, who also choose the subject matter, encouraging broader participation in the conceptualizing of what we consider “history." When looked at together, the posters create an archive of historical revolts and rebellions, as well as a kaleidoscope of styles and aesthetics. Order Tickets.


Heather Crank

Exhibit Opening

Intonation, Scalehouse Gallery, 5:00-7:00pm

Intonation is a mathematical psalm based loosely on Kepler's "Harmonices Mundi". A collection of notes emanate through the gallery that correspond to the path of the earth's rotation. The notes trigger the animation of three classical elements ; earth, water and light (fundamental element), representing the basic building blocks of life. Each of the elements are contained within a 3-dimensional cube meant to protect and defend from the destructive nature of humanity. This is the song of the Earth. Learn More.