Design Fictions: Illuminating the Nature and Capacities of Places and Things

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Design Fictions

Spring 2019

Taught By: Susan Yelavich

Section: A

CRN: 6887

Credits: 3

Selections from fiction and non-fiction are studied to offer new perspectives on the ways in which design—both formal and vernacular—takes on meaning when it enters the world. We will read essays and novels where objects are protagonists such as Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red—a literary fable set in 16th-century Turkey about the cultural values of style. We will also analyze the social and behavioral affects of things and technology in excerpts ranging from Marcel Proust’s Remembrances of Things Past to Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine. The implications of making objects and places will be considered as well, via works by José Saramago and Italo Calvino. Other authors to be covered include: Kobo Abé, Charles D’Ambrosio, Luc Sante, Lao She, and Virginia Woolf. Each writer offers insight into the capacities of design that students will explore through in-depth analyses and discussion. We will also explore a variety of different modes of writing throughout the semester. Readings will be chosen across disciplines, including architecture, fashion, interiors, communications, product design, artificial intelligence, and urban design.

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: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 7:50pm 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1003

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019