toasty talks is a student run intimate weekly gathering where selected individuals from RISD and Brown are invited to come and discuss a hot topic or issues of great interest. Through this project we wanted to fill what we feel is a huge void in our design education. We spend much of our time in class critique delving into the formal qualities of our work. But when someone creates work that has moral & ethical backdrop we do not spend our classtime delving into the implications of our work on the environment, sexism, racism etc. We allowed our peers to pick the topics on which their art& design work is centered and used this space as a way for that individual to gather research on the experiences of their peers. We provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for free thinking and meaningful interactions. During these nights, we always serve toast as a means of communal sharing.
Done in collaboration with Hayon Shin