[GSD] Black Matter - Celebrating Black spatial practices from the magical to the mundane


Friday, October 8, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, October 10, 2021 (All day)


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The Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design African American Student Union, recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design professions to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities. The fourth biannual conference, Black Matter, will take place virtually on October 8-10, 2021.


Black Matter celebrates the cultivation of Black design and creativity from the magical to the mundane. The conference aims to lift up Black spatial practices and experiences that operate below the surface of design discourse, bringing nuance to the trope of Black excellence and acknowledging the urgent political, spatial, and ecological crises facing Black communities across the diaspora. 


This year's conference will host discussions, exhibitions, and performances at the intersections of technology, history, and design, with focus on encouraging new design practices. Black Matter offers a dynamic virtual environment where geographically distant participants are connected synchronously to share their ideas and creative work, forming a global constellation of Black consciousness. Learn more about this year’s conference at blackmatter.tv and follow us on Instagram @gsd.bid and Twitter @gsd_bid


When: October 8 - 10, 2021

Where: Online at blackmatter.tv


Black Matter will be hosted exclusively online. Your ticket will grant you full access to the Black Matter conference website for the duration of the weekend, including workshops, screenings, and lectures.


What’s next?

Once you’ve bought your ticket, you’ll be added to the Black Matter email list. We’ll send updates as we add information to our site, including keynote speakers and additional programming. You’ll be provided with important logistical information and links as the conference approaches.

Ticket Pricing:

General Admission:
$40 Early Bird (by September 24)
$50 (after September 24)

If you buy a student ticket, you must complete the Student Ticket Verification Form

High School Students:
High School students should complete the High School Ticket Request Form, and should not purchase a ticket here.

Ticket purchase questions may be addressed to: BiDTix@gsd.harvard.edu