AGI Open In Brazil, for the first time
18 July 2014
AGI was founded in 1951 as an elite club for designers and illustrators who saw the organization as a way of sharing common interests and forging friendship across national and cultural borders.
These core motivations apply today as much as they did then. An annual Congress is held in a different city, usually on a different continent. There are two parts to this gathering: AGI Open, a conference for students and professionals, and AGI Congress, a smaller members-only event.
It will be the first time an AGI event comes to South America. There are already 22 confirmed speakers to the event that will happen in August 18–19, at Auditório Ibirapuera, São Paulo. The organization is on account of a remarkable team of Brazilian designers, that has currently 8 members:
Celso Longo (São Paulo, 1977) is an architect from the Faculty of Arquitecture and Urbanism at University of São Paulo. Along with Daniel Trench, he designs projects for exhibition and editorial design. He is also a teacher in the areas of Design and Design History. In 2014, he wrote Design Total, a book on the São Paulo office Cauduro Martino, published by Cosac Naify. He is a member of AGI since 2013.
Daniel Trench (São Paulo, 1978) holds a BA in Fine Arts at FAAP and Masters at ECA-USP. He is the art editor of Serrote Magazine, a quarterly publication of essays published by Instituto Moreira Salles. Since 2007 he is a professor at ESPM. He is a member of AGI since 2013.
Elaine Ramos (São Paulo, 1974) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. In 2004 she became the art director at Cosac Naify, the main publishing house in Brazil dedicated to visual arts, where she has designed more than a hundred books and has coordinated all the releases from the design section. Between 2008 and 2011, together with Chico Homem de Melo, she dedicated herself to researching Brazilian design, giving origin to the book Linha do tempo do design gráfico no Brasil [Brazilian Graphic Design Timeline], a timeline that includes more than 1600 images, composing a panorama of two centuries of Brazilian production. She is an AGI member since 2012.
Fábio Prata (São Paulo, 1977) e Flávia Nalon (São Paulo, 1976) are architects graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo and hold a Master of Arts in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, in Germany. In 2003, they founded ps.2 architecture + design, designing projects for print and digital media, with a strong presence in the cultural area. They are AGI members since 2013.
Guto Lacaz (São Paulo, 1948) studied industrial electronics and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of São José dos Campos. He works as a designer, artist and illustrator. His body of work encompasses playful sculptures, video installations, multimedia, electroperformances, projects and scientific instruments. He was responsible for the exhibition Santos=Dumont Designer (2009), held at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo, were he showcased the achievements of Santos Dumont – the brazilian aviation pioneer – in the design field. He is an AGI member since 2010.
Kiko Farkas (São Paulo, 1957) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo. In 1987, he founded Máquina Estúdio, dedicated mainly to editorial design. Working for São Paulo Symphony orchestra between 2003–2007, his posters have been internationally recognized. In 2006, he was invited by the Ministry of Culture to curate and organize the creation of the Brazilian pavilion at the DesignMai fair at the Berlin Cup of Culture. He is an AGI member since 2006.
Rico Lins (Rio de Janeiro, 1955) studied at ESDI in Rio de Janeiro and at the Royal College of Art in London. He works between Paris, London, New York, São Paulo and Rio designing for clients in cultural, fashion, corporate identity, advertising and television. He curated, along with Christelle Kirschtetter and exhibition Connexions>Conexões held as SESC Pompeia in 2009. He is an AGI member since 1997.