Design and Social Sciences: Movements and Materials

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Movements and Materials

Spring 2020

Taught By: Benjamin Lee

Section: A

CRN: 6887

Credits: 3

Design is a creative process that makes meaning out of the materials it works with. The social sciences have looked at the modulation and "flow" of creative processes while design has paid attention to the technologies by which objects are made. The development of "affect theory" and the "new materialities" have brought these perspectives together in their emphasis on the material basis of meaning, whether it be in the cut of a fabric, the texture of a poem, or the intensity of a color. This course will explore how creative processes uncover the meaning of materials through ritual, play, and movement. Readings and viewings will include critical thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Georg Simmel, Roland Barthes, Henri Bergson, and Gilles Deleuze, and artists such as David Foster Wallace, Wim Wenders, Francis Bacon, Pina Bausch, Junichiro Tanizaki, and Alexander McQueen; we will look at examples taken from dance, writing, painting, cinema, and fashion to see how they access and play with intensity and movement to unlock the creative potential of what they work with. Students will be encouraged to draw upon their own experience and share it with others in the class.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

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: February 9, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (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: 2:37am 3/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1101

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020