Document: The Archive

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Document: The Archive

Fall 2020

Taught By: Justine Kurland and Ka-Man Tse

Section: A

CRN: 9682

Credits: 3

This course is part of a suite of electives designed around major concepts in the field of contemporary photography. It offers an exploration of the archive as a document in contemporary art. Almost from its inception the photograph was perceived as a form of currency in a closed system. As currency the photograph ascribed value by quantifying things, emphasizing their similarity and difference to other things. These systems attempt to give meaning and coherence through the division between self and other, healthy and diseased, normal and pathological. By reclaiming the archive we can shift the perspective away from dominant narratives, and reimagine the past in order to conceive new possibilities for the future. In this class we will look at the ways artists (Carrie Mae Weems, Carmen Winant, and Arthur Jafa among others) have challenged and repurposed archives. We will consider writings by Okwui Enwezor, Allen Sekula and Ariella Azoulay’s theories on the hierarchical (and imperialistic) ordering of things. Students will research and work with archives from family photographs to found institutional and commercial archives. Using text, sequence and editing they will make new configurations changing the initial meaning or value. The final project will be a print on demand book re-contextualizing their displaced and fugitive archive with new meaning.

All university undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (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: 6:31am 2/25/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020