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On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects. 


This September, design your night with MAKE x CCA! 

Help MCD welcome California College of the Arts graduate students back to school at the American Industrial Center. Come early for a free drink and to hear the inside scoop about Dead Nuts: a search for the ultimate machined object from MCD guest curator and CCA adjunct professor David Cole during the Curator Happy Hour. Then, swing by the MakeArt Lab to contribute to a blueprint for a speculative machine with CCA alums, Berg., and interact with the JUJU Machine-- a contemporary divination tool that utilizes your drawings and Artificial Intelligence to read your fortune. Explore the galleries and learn more about emerging techniques, directly from the graduate students themselves. 


PLUS tour the new CCA facilities and get information about the programs offered.
Also on view: Interior/Exterior


Cash/Square bar for guests over 21 • Complimentary drink tickets for MCD members; ID required

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*Activities subject (but not likely!) to change without notice.

Thursday, September 19 | 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tickets available for purchase at the door
 MCD Members - FREE
CCA students, staff and alumni FREE
$8 General Admission
Learn More
David Cole is a practicing metalsmith based in Oakland, CA. His work ranges from fine jewelry, made with precious metals, to large-scale public art and architectural details for historic buildings. The importance of craftsmanship and a sense of stewardship for the techniques and tools he has acquired over thirty years drive his love of making. His quest for the “exquisite object” is reflected in his collection of machines and devices that tell the story of manufacture and invention at the end of the analog age. They inspire him to create artworks that speak to people’s emotional connection to materials and mechanisms.
Berg. is a design collective founded by Alexander Kozachek and Benner Boswell to investigate the 90% of design work that is below the surface. This includes systems for making, cultural histories and environmental stewardship. Berg. has been exploring interstitial spaces in San Francisco and presents limited edition objects and experiences that respond to their field research. At MCD, collaborators are invited to create a schematic using graphic sublayer transfer system (GSLTS)—the technique of placing paper on a textured surface and rubbing graphite to transfer the image to the paper. The workshop gives collaborators the opportunity to create their own component for the speculative machine. The drawings will be achieved by Berg. and collated to create the plans for the collective speculative machine. 

Gunjan Bhutani (JUJU Machine) is a multi-disciplinary designer and a creative technologist who is interested in the potential for explorative design approaches to reveal new perspectives on complex problems and emerging technologies. His work embeds systems thinking within speculative and discursive approaches across a variety of domains. Gunjan received his Masters of Fine Arts in Design from the California College of the Arts in 2019. Previously, Gunjan worked as an Experience Designer at Adobe Systems, where he worked on optimizing the customer experience for the Creative Cloud Service, designed and defined new features for industry leading desktop publishing tool Adobe InDesign and create efficient business workflows for enterprise marketing solutions like Adobe Social and Adobe Experience Manager.

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