Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

A thought provoking and interactive exhibition by celebrated graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, invites visitors to wander through a 10-year experiment in which he has attempted to consciously increase his level of happiness.

The Happy Show is currently on display at Toronto’s Design Exchange Museum. Using methods of cognitive therapy, meditation, and mood-altering drugs, Sagmeister has explored the concept of “happiness”, through his own visual diary, imagination, and works that combine social research data and info-graphics with film, print, and sculpture.

Known for his provocative installations, Sagmeister explained, “I am usually rather bored with definitions. Happiness, however, is just such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down.”

Rather than providing any definitive or scientific answer for achieving true happiness, Sagmeister hopes to inspire viewers, training their mind to look out for their own personal moments of joy.

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The Happy Show runs through March 3, 2013, as part of “Experience Design” and The Design Exchange in Toronto.

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