The Experience of Spectacle in contemporary society

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Spectacle in Contemp Society

Spring 2021

Taught By: Yunus Tuncel

Section: A

CRN: 5365

Credits: 3

In this course, we will look at the phenomenon of spectacle from diverse but inter-related perspectives and try to understand what is at work in our “spectacular experiences.” As we read from various authors such as Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Artaud and Debord, we will investigate what spectacle is, its dynamics and its sign language and examine various issues pertinent to our project: imagination, ecstasy-participation, technology, feelings and catharsis (violence and discharge of emotions), the unconscious and transference (individual and collective) and alienation. The course is designed to be interactive where our readings will be blended with our everyday experiences of spectacle and with our class experience of various visits to museums, galleries, theaters, dance, and music events. In addition, we will view multi-media works and film and discuss them in the light of theories covered in class, while understanding the social, economic, and political dimensions of our spectacular experiences.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)

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: 9:36am 12/5/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021