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“The world can be saved through design,” according to Kanye West.
Yesterday, Yeezus made his way into a classroom at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and gave the students a brief, inspirational speech.
As Stereogum points out, the lecture was a part of DONDA’s design lecture series, via agency director Virgil Abloh. Kim Kardashian was also in attendance, posting this photo to Instagram yesterday afternoon. In addition to imparting some of his knowledge and wisdom to the crowd, West also gave everyone in attendance (students and faculty) another gift: free tickets to his show that night.
You can watch the video above and read a transcript of the speech below.
So after walking through here I decided that I wanted to make sure for anyone that didn’t have tickets tonight that you all could have tickets to the show. So anybody who wants to come tonight, you can have tickets for the entire office. But I just wanted to tell you guys. I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing t-shirts instead of buildings. But just to see the work to be actualized.
If I sit down and talk to Oprah for two hours, the conversation is about realization, self- realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you. So the reason why I turn up so much in interviews is because I’ve tasted what it means to create and be able to impact, and affect in a positive way. And I know that there’s more creativity to happen. I know that there’s traditionalists that hold back the good thoughts and there’s people in offices that stop the creative people, and are intimidated by actual good ideas.
I believe that utopia is actually possible, but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. So in no way am I a politician-I’m usually, at my best, politically incorrect and very direct. I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation.
I’m very inspired to be in this space. Tonight, this show, if you come see it, I’m a bit self conscious because I’m showing it to architects. So the stage does have flaws in it. It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that. And that’s basically all I have to say so thank you very much.