Power of Design Videos Now Online

Anyone who did not attend Power of Design 2014: Complaints, The Wolfsonian’s inaugural ideas festival that took place March 20–23, 2014, can now view videos of several of the more than twenty festival events by visiting the events section of the Power of Design blog. The blog also includes coverage of many of the events, interviews with some of the festival’s speakers as well as academics who study complaints, explorations of The Wolfsonian’s collection by curators and librarians, and more.

Below, we’ve collected some of the thoughts expressed by participants at Power of Design—we hope it encourages you to explore the blog and watch the online videos!

“Nothing that is vibrant and complicated and interesting, no life, no company…no neighborhood, city, system, is perfect. So even if we think we live in the best of all possible worlds, we still point out the imperfections because it can always get better.”—Kurt Andersen

“Reality is posing an existential threat to me. Our reality is so absurd it is impossible to exaggerate…. My complaint is with reality itself. It’s my pet peeve at the moment.”—Andy Borowitz

“The problem is what I call zombie ideology…I’m not anti-technology. I’m just pro-realism.”—Jaron Lanier

“I don’t complain. It’s a waste of time. I share information.”—Todd Oldham

Shawn Clybor: "Do you want to complain about anything now?"
Mariam Aldhahi: "Yes. It took me forty-five minutes to find parking this morning. I would love to complain about that. I’ve been complaining about that all day."

“We are giving too much importance to cars…I am sorry to tell you this, here in Miami, but the car is the cigarette of the future.”—Jaime Lerner

“As a journalist, I’m glad that we are rife with corruption and scandal.” —Jim DeFede

“What I have seen through all of this is that humor may be the thing that saves us.” —Todd Oldham

“This festival was, for a lot of reasons, really well and thoughtfully considered.” —Kurt Andersen

Power of Design 2014: Complaints was conceived, curated, and presented by The Wolfsonian, in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company. Power of Design was generously sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, an anonymous donor, Northern Trust, and Terra Group and its president and CEO, David Martin. Collaborative support was provided by partners Intelligence Squared London, FIU School of Architecture, FIU School of Music, FIU Honors College, Centro Cultural Español, and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Fountainebleau Miami Beach was the official hotel. Prophets of the Digital Age hosting was provided by Pérez Art Museum Miami. Solutions! was co-sponsored by the Miami Children’s Museum. Complaints! An Inalienable Right was co-sponsored by AIGA Miami.


Prophets of the Digital Age event
during Power of Design 2014: Complaints
from left: Michael Chabon, Clive Thompson, Jaron Lanier, and Kurt Andersen
Photo: World Red Eye