PGHT

5658

Visual, Spatial, and Material Politics

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Vis/Spatial/Material Politics

Fall 2019

Taught By: Victoria Hattam and Georgia Traganou

Section: A

CRN: 7636

Credits: 3

The class will be run as a critical studio and will be taught jointly by Victoria Hattam (NSSR, Politics) and Jilly Traganou (Parsons, School of Art and Design History and Theory). Our central aim is to explore politics beyond the hegemony of the word, and in doing so, to introduce students to new methods and conceptions of evidence to use in their research. We will begin with space and visuality, but over the course of the semester, we will introduce questions of materiality, sound, and affect, aiming to explore the ways in which material and performative practices have the capacity to articulate political arguments. Throughout the class, we will consider whether embodied processes are different in nature from the cognitive processes of deliberation necessary for the articulation of verbal political messages. Do they, as Jane Bennett suggests initiate “moments of sensuous enchantment” that provide “the motivational energy needed to move selves from the endorsement of ethical principles to the actual practice of ethical behaviors”? To ground our explorations, the class will focus on specific political sites broadly conceived, from those of state authority and political dissent to sites of prefigurative politics, where we will look for the relations between political economies, material culture, art and artifacts. Research topics might derive from students’ own thesis projects, or from collective interests of students in the class, and they will be developed in various formats, including visual essays, mapping, film or designed/redesigned artifacts.

Open to: University graduate degree students./div>

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 7

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: 5:27pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019