September 27, 2021

Change Lab Podcast Explores Connections Between Uncertainty and Creative Discovery

Season 9 Launches September 29

Episodes feature Linkin Park performer and illustrator Mike Shinoda, installation artist Diana Thater, author Aimee Bender and visual artist Ann Hamilton

Throughout its eight previous seasons, ArtCenter College of Design’s podcast, Change Lab, has provided listeners with a series of probing conversations with prominent artists about the transformative nature of the creative process. The show has also functioned as a proof of concept for a cohesive theory mapping the connections between the act of making and creative inspiration itself that forms the basis for Make to Know, a forthcoming book due to be published in October, by ArtCenter College of Design President and Change Lab host, Lorne Buchman.

The ideas fueling Make to Know took root early in Buchman’s tenure at ArtCenter. As he immersed himself in ArtCenter’s culture of hands-on learning by making, he saw students produce spectacular works of art and design, well beyond their experience level while being thrown into the metaphorical deep end creatively. Buchman grew curious about how inspiration manifested spontaneously in ways similar to the revelatory improvisation he’d experienced first-hand as a theater director earlier in his career. From there, he began an investigation into the very source of creative inspiration that took him around the country, across borders and into the studios of some of the world’s most influential creators. Those experiences now form the basis of Make to Know.

This season of Change Lab, launching September 29, will take a deep dive into the book’s most groundbreaking and useful approaches to accessing our most vibrant creative ideas and how to act upon them. With an emphasis on the connection between creativity and transcendence, Buchman will weave insights into this season’s Change Lab interviews drawn from his own creative process researching and writing Make to Know .

This season’s lineup includes interviews with legendary musician and visual artist, Mike Shinoda, pioneering installation artist Diana Thater, performer and installation artist Ann Hamilton and acclaimed novelist Aimee Bender.

This set of interviews with creative luminaries is designed to complement Make to Know and function as a complete guide to accessing and implementing the creative power that lives within us all.

About ArtCenter

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design, visual arts and communication design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves the general public through a highly regarded series of year-round extension programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

About Lorne M. Buchman

Lorne M. Buchman is president of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, an international leader in art and design education. The College has evolved significantly during Buchman’s tenure, with sustained and noteworthy enhancements across all aspects of college life, including community building, resource development, program growth and campus expansion. He has also written a book on creativity, Make to Know: From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery, published by Thames & Hudson. Buchman previously served on the faculty of University of California, Berkeley. He left that position to become president of California College of the Arts and later Saybrook University. Buchman holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Toronto.


Teri Bond, Director of Media Relations
ArtCenter College of Design
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Photo of artist Diana Thater with her cat walking across her work space in front of a computer screen on a desk.
Pioneering installation artist Diana Thater is the guest during the Season 9 opening episode of Change Lab, ArtCenter College of Design’s podcast, to debut September 29, 2021.
An image of "As Radical as Reality" a video projection artwork by artist Diana Theater from her solo show at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles in 2017.
Installation view of Diana Thater: A Runaway World at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles 2017. Thater is the first guest of Change Lab, a podcast hosted by Lorne Buchman for ArtCenter College of Design.
Photo of Lorne Buchman hosting the Change Lab podcast in the studio at the mic.
ArtCenter College of Design President and Change Lab host, Lorne Buchman is the author of Make to Know, a forthcoming book due to be published in October.
Photo of the Change Lab logo over an image of the mic with a blue filter.
Change Lab Season 9 features interviews with Linkin Park performer and illustrator Mike Shinoda, installation artist Diana Thater, author Aimee Bender and visual artist Ann Hamilton.