PLHT
3020

Making + Meaning: Theory

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
M + M: Design Activism
Fall 2023
Taught By: Amanda Kogle
Section: A

CRN: 15994

Credits: 3

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.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Some seats have been reserved for BFA Design History and Practice majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

Add/Drop Deadline: September 17, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2023 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:54am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 611
Date Range: 9/6/2023 - 12/13/2023
M+M: Voice: Lost & Found
Spring 2024
Taught By: Radhika Subramaniam
Section: A

CRN: 14020

Credits: 3

This course explores the implications of voice as property in politics, identity, law, culture and relationships. Examining a range of questions — What does it mean to find or lose one's voice, to raise one's voice, or to give voice? Whose voices are recognized? Is voice only human? Through readings, art and performance work, we will consider what it means to voice and be silent, to listen and to be heard. We will think about hesitations, interruptions, screams and sighs, noise, clarity and accents as well as growls, purrs, and insect and machinic hums. Students will be encouraged to explore the possibilities and limits of our mouths and ears. As part of the Making and Meaning sequence, this course opens the range of engagement and translation—that is, we will explore questions using a variety of sources and research methodologies and experiment with outcomes that could be textual, visual, performative and time-based. We will engage with theoretical and historical texts as well as art in a variety of modes and media, including literature, visual and performance art.

Open to: all undergraduate degree students. Some seats are reserved for Design History and Practice students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:54am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 901
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024