ADEPTATION: ID’s End of Year Show

EOYS opens May 14

By Kristin Gecan

For the second year, ID will present its longtime tradition, End of Year Show (EOYS) online. Pre-pandemic, EOYS was in the form of an in-person exhibition and end-of-year celebration. But COVID-19 has spurred new ways of thinking and doing at ID:

This year, we at IIT Institute of Design (ID) learned so much about ourselves and those around us. We have navigated our own fair share of paradoxes and oxymorons: isolated connection; order amidst chaos (classes during a pandemic!), making things real (virtually). From Virginia Beach to Shanghai to Chicago, we’ve been divided by time zones yet united in purpose. Ultimately, we’re better suited to take on any challenges that may come our way. Although there's a longing for the past and what could have been; there's a looming excitement for the future.

We morphed. We changed. We’ve become adept at adapting.

—ID EOYS team

Thus the theme, and definition, for this year’s End of Year Show:

ad·ep·ta·tion | \ ˌa-ˌdəp-ˈtā-shən \
skill or proficiency at adapting to adverse environmental conditions: time warps, Zoom marathons, mixed reality. Becoming more fit for existence under these new conditions, e.g., developing an aptitude for remote community building, overcoming maskne, mastering virtual prototyping.

The 2021 EOYS show will open on Friday, May 14, 2020 at 7pm. Register now for a student-led tour.


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