PLHT

3015

Making + Meaning: History

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

M+M:Print + Prison Ind Complex

Spring 2022

Taught By: Shana Agid

Section: A

CRN: 11763

Credits: 3

In this Making + Meaning: HISTORY course, students will make prints and books that engage histories of political speech in visual culture through a critical investigation of the contemporary United States prison industrial complex. Through reading, viewing, and listening, the class will engage with the contexts and histories of incarceration, policing, surveillance, and borders to design and make their own printed work. Class time will be divided between discussions of readings and other references, field trips to archives and exhibitions, and learning to make simple bindings and set and print type. Larger conceptual questions that underpin our work will include: How might we draw on and learn from histories of political expression to imagine contemporary possibilities of this work?, What does it mean to make politically- or socially-engaged materials, and what work do text and image do to create meaning and mobilize people?, What is the relationship of printed material to communication in digital times? Making+ Meaning 3: HISTORY calls into question our assumptions about time and space that form our concepts of history, in particular design history and cultural theory. We will ask what makes, and distinguishes, facts and values. We will imagine alternative futures and consider what it means to “make” our present. Concepts such as contingency, teleology, and progress will be introduced. The course places particular emphasis on imaginaries of time and space that not only make themselves felt in how history is told, but also affects how we encounter other histories. Students will be encouraged to integrate the knowledge they acquire from their studio and seminar experiences in the Making + Meaning courses.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 1:23pm 10/26/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 68 5th Ave

Room: 100

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022

M + M: Design Activism

Fall 2021

Taught By: Caroline Dionne and Georgia Traganou

Section: A

CRN: 12065

Credits: 3

In Making and Meaning courses, design practice, broadly defined, will be engaged as a critical methodology. Students will be provided instruction that is both skills and content driven. Making and Meaning: History calls into question our assumptions about time and space and now these form our concepts of history, in particular design history and cultural theory. We will ask what makes, and distinguishes, facts and values. We will imagine alternative futures and consider what it means to “make” our present. Concepts such as contingency, teleology, and progress will be introduced. The course places particular emphasis on imaginaries of time and space that not only make themselves felt in how history is told, but also affects how we encounter other histories. Students will be encouraged to integrate the knowledge they acquire from their studio and seminar experiences in the Making + Meaning courses. Can design bring about political change? Can designers embrace some of the strategies and tactics of activism and contribute to social movements and political debates? This course explores the role of design in political action, historically, and through the development of a studio project. Design activism is broadly conceived to include a wide variety of artefacts from graphics and ephemeral architecture to community-engaged work. Ranging roughly from May 1968 to the present, we will look at key social movements, their stories, practices, objects and outcomes. We will read theories on social movements and political dissent paying attention to how affect and emotions inspire political affiliation and action (Ahmed, Bennett, DiSalvo, Tilly, Thorpe, Fry, Winner). We will study contemporary social movements, collective practices, and their use of design: BlackLivesMatter, Occupy, The Guerrilla Girls, craftivism, and many others. Learning from these, students will identify political issues that are important for them, and will design and prototype courses of actions to advance their cause in creative ways.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 1:23pm 10/26/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1204A

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021