Design Misfits

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Design Misfits

Fall 2019

Taught By: Emmanuel Guy

Section: A

CRN: 7945

Credits: 3

This class will explore alternative design practices by focusing on a series of figures and groups characterized by a shared marginality: the witch, the savage, the queer, the pirate, the child, the disabled, the poor, the foreigner, the migrant, etc. While these figures largely fall outside the conventional boundaries of design history, we will explore them as points of departure from which to challenge traditional design notions such as modernity, function, standard, crafts, technology, identity or national traditions. Examples and case studies will be drawn form a broad range of objects, fictions, artefacts, and artworks as well as from museum collections based on field ethnography, material culture and non-western art. Students will engage with texts, theories and methodologies from the fields of cultural studies, sociology and anthropology, before undertaking individual research projects in order to further develop their understanding of counter-hegemonic strategies (deconstructing, decentering, decolonizing) as potential tools for artists, designers, researchers and curators today.

Open to: All university graduate degree students and undergraduates by permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:05pm 11/14/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 902

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019