Animality and Visuality

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Animality and Visuality

Fall 2022

Taught By: Radhika Subramaniam

Section: A

CRN: 9124

Credits: 3

This course explores the implications of visual practices in the construction of relationships between humans and other species. We will look at the technologies, mechanisms, conditions and contexts through which non-human species have been represented—framed, captured, composed, isolated, diagrammed. These images render their subjects “animal” and generate forms of racialized species politics. The history of looking at other species spans the gamut from bear baiting, butterfly pinning and cockfights to zoos, aquariums, safaris and botanic gardens to nature documentaries and pet videos. In working our way through art, literature, politics and media, we will consider what stakes art and design have in these visual practices and their politics. The course will be conducted as a seminar with both critical and creative outcomes.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

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: 7:00am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1101

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022