Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art announces spring events and collaboration with ASU

Photo credit: Charles Darr

SCOTTSDALE ­— Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) offers a diverse series of events for its spring season.

This season the Museum collaborates with the Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) — a strategic initiative of Arizona State University and a global hub for critical and speculative research on philosophy, technology and design — on a series of programs in conjunction with the exhibition “Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined.” Additionally, the ever-popular Mystery in the Museum returns and Trivia Night @SMoCA, as well as The Art of Mindfulness. These events offer guests the opportunity to engage with artists, the community and museumgoers to consider the questions and themes explored throughout the Museum and its exhibitions.

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All events take place in SMoCA Lounge unless noted otherwise. Free events at SMoCA fill quickly and are first come, first served; early arrival is encouraged. Visit to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Spring Opening Celebration

Friday, Feb. 14, 6–8 p.m.

Celebrate the Museum and another spectacular season of new exhibitions. Attendees can chat with curators, mingle with artists and explore the exhibitions. Cash bar.

Design Reboot: An International Conversation on Design Rehabilitation


SMoCA and the Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) at ASU present a series of public talks featuring five international designers included in the exhibition “Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined” on view through May 17. SMoCA and CPT have invited designers Luis Paco Böeckelmann (German, lives in United Kingdom), Jesper Eriksson (Swedish/Finnish, lives in United Kingdom), Wendy Plomp (Dutch, lives in The Netherlands), Kevin Rouff (American/French, lives in United Kingdom) and Remco van de Craats (Dutch, lives in The Netherlands) to participate in these events.

The CPT at ASU is an ambitious platform for research creation that aims to bring philosophy, design and technology together at the intersections of academic, para-academic, non-academic ways of knowing. Collaborating with CPT to present these series of events allows a broad audience to be introduced to the vibrancy of international design, specifically from the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

These events will not only enlarge an understanding of environmentally centered design but will also allow the designers to form new connections in the Southwest region of the United States. Below are two public engagements.

Waste Not: Sustainable Approaches to Design

Saturday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.
Designers whose work is featured in “Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined” discuss innovative approaches that address diminishing natural resources. Luis Paco Böeckelmann, Jesper Eriksson, Wendy Plomp, Kevin Rouff and Remco van de Craats join moderator Judith Hoos Fox, co-curator of the exhibition.

Alchemical Design: Reimagining Sustainability

Monday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.
The Bridge, Design North, 2nd Floor, Arizona State University

Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) hosts a second discussion at Arizona State University with international designers from “Designed Transfigured/Waste Reimagined” and Jason Schupbach, Director of the School of Design, focusing on the scientific complexities of sustainable design. The roundtable will include CPT Director Adam Nocek, CPT Associate Director Stacey Moran, ASU School of Design Director Jason Schupbach and ASU Director of Desert Humanities Ronald Broglio.