PSAM

3702

xStudio:

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

xStudio: Ceramics

Fall 2018

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 4065

Credits: 3

Clay has a quiet power. Delicately precious, yet incredibly strong, it enlivens our sense of touch, yet heightens our sense of caution. This everyday material is a part of our collective consciousness. It holds our coffee in the morning today just as it held food and water in ancient Mesopotamia. Ceramic decorates our homes and our bodies. This rich history provides a backdrop to frame contemporary investigations into ritual, objecthood and artistic expression. This course emphasizes the unique sculptural processes and materiality of clay. Techniques will include hand building, slip casting, image transfers and wheel throwing. Students are encouraged to experiment with different strategies, including installation work, mixed-media projects, and a variety of experimental ceramic techniques.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 7

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 1:47pm 5/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1104

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/14/2018

xStudio: Making Bodies

Spring 2018

Taught By: Gordon Hall

Section: A

CRN: 4523

Credits: 3

In this interdisciplinary seminar we will push ourselves to think deeply about bodies. What do we mean when we talk about “the body”? What are the points of intersection between the physicality of bodies and the immaterial realms of identity, beliefs, and cultural norms? Through readings, interdisciplinary studio projects, and written explorations we will explore the power, peril, and possibilities of living as embodied beings and makers. We will focus on artistic production and art history in order to probe the myriad ways that bodies can “appear” in art, seeking the presence of bodies beyond representation alone. Of particular interest will be the various ways that the discipline of sculpture has taken up these questions about bodies, embodiment, and identity. The course will be segmented into four units: “Discursive Bodies” explores theories of the body as an historical artifact, constituted through language and social practices in which gender, sexuality, and race emerge as historically specific and ever evolving categories. “Ritual Bodies” unpacks theories of gender performativity, with a focus on performativity’s reliance on ritualized reiteration of norms or counter-norms. In an effort to broaden our understandings of ritual as it relates to the body, we will also look at theories of religious ritual as an embodied material practice. The third unit, “Real Bodies/Virtual Bodies,” will examine discussions of virtuality in relation to bodies and identities and the ways that emerging digital and networked technologies have inspired alternative understandings of what it means to have or be a body. Finally, “Bodies and Pleasures,” will explore theories of social change in relation to embodiment, especially as they hinge on discussions of pleasure and fantasy. The course will culminate in a substantial creative project informed by the explorations from the course.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Some seats have been reserved for Fine Arts majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 1:50pm 5/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 620

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/8/2018