DIS "Thinkspo" Opening Day

Event has passed (Sun Dec 3, 2017 - Sun Dec 3, 2017)
de Young Museum
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Art, Museums


Join us in celebrating the opening of the DIS collective's 'Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network' with an opening day "Thinkspo" full of stimulating activities of all kinds: short talks by DIS, special screenings, and participatory activities including a tasting table with artist Sean Raspet.

The “Thinkspo” brings together leading artists and thinkers related to the channel, coming together with participatory activities IRL to inspire, inform, and mobilize around ideas raised by the project. Artist and entrepeneur Sean Raspet brings his new non/food meal replacement bars for demoing and tasting, Sean Monahan and Sophie Secaf will lead teens in a panel revealing shifting trends in youth behavior and attitudes, and members of DIS will speak about their shift from publishing online as a magazine to broadcasting online as a platform for edutainment.


ONGOING 2-5 pm
Hands-on Art making (Wilsey Court)
non/food demo and tasting wtih Sean Raspet (Wilsey Court)
DIS Video Screenings (Koret Auditorium)

3-4:45 pm
The GenExit Report with Sean Monahan and Sophie Secaf (Piazzoni Murals Room)

4-4:30 pm
Meet the artists: DIS Pop-up talk with Lauren Boyle and Marco Roso (Wilsey Court)


Presented by the New York-based collective DIS, 'Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network', will reveal a “DIS-topian” take on the future of education—decentralized and open-access, yet communal and physically connected. The 'DIS Edutainment Network' will be played on a continuous loop on 36 large LED screens in the de Young’s atrium, Wilsey Court, inviting visitors to experience a twisted hybrid of entertainment and education. The result of collaboration with a group of international writers, and artists, the expansive multi-media platform will include The Restaurant, a cooking show with political themes by Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, a nature show on human-animal relations in Africa and Thailand by Korakrit Arunanondchai, a video focusing on “general intellects” with McKenzie Wark, a visual essay by Aria Dean, a talk show on “Mother” by Casey Jane Ellison, a docu-short on “seasteading” in Tahiti by Daniel Keller and Jacob Hurwitz Goodman, a report on “reparation hardware” by Ilana Harris Babou, a cartoon by Amalia Ulman, a docu-short on “economic utopias” by Christopher Kulendran Thomas, a Nollywood fictional drama exploring the influence of technology and digital culture in South Africa by the artist collective CUSS Group, and a contribution by the Women's History Museum. The viewer will be guided through the “program” by “The Host” - an avatar created with Chus Martinez, (the director of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel), Culturesport, and Ian Isiah and interstitial ads and interviews conceived by Darren Bader and DIS will connect and disrupt the different “programs”.


Use #DISEdutainment, #Thinkspo and @deyoungmuseum to share your thoughts and photos during the day via Twitter and Instagram.

*All activities are free and open to the public. Pricing still applies to visit permanent collection galleries and 'Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire.'


  1. de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA