PLHT

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Making + Meaning: Between the Document & Fiction

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Making + Meaning: Document

Fall 2019

Taught By: Selena Kimball and Rory O'Dea

Section: A

CRN: 7768

Credits: 3

In Making + Meaning courses, design practice, broadly defined, will be engaged as a critical methodology. Students will be provided instruction that is both skills-driven -- in, for example, writing, accessories design, or printmaking -- and content driven -- for example, the history of the prison industrial complex, or geography studied from the perspective of cultural theory and photographic history. This course works within the fertile space between the document and fiction that allows historical realities to be transformed into new potentialities and possibilities. Students will use documents, enactments and reenactments to explore the ways that art investigates, mediates, and re-creates history. Grounded in acts of translation, adaptation, performance, repetition and revision, we will examine and produce radical new methods to critique, deconstruct and transform personal and historical narratives. Fiction, as both a literary form and a counter to fact, will provide the conceptual framework for this course, and works of literature will be read during the semester as a way to bring critical ideas and questions into focus. In this critical studio we will be making visual work, conducting creative research, reading, theorizing and engaging in scholarly, reflective and creative writing as part of a semester-long artistic investigation.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Note: Priority will be given to BFA Design History and Practice majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

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: 10:56am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200A

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019