Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
xStudio: Love Letters
Fall 2024
Taught By: Douglas Paulson
Section: A

CRN: 3405

Credits: 3

An edible weed can grow from a crack in the bricks. A single seed can grow into an oak that can live 400 years. As we experience unprecedented transformation around us, we will explore cultivating creative practices that consider the 7 generations principle. Are we being good ancestors? We will use sound, text, video, and drawing to deepen our sensorial connection to the world around us. How will these artifacts be understood by future generations? Will their world resemble ours? What does it mean to cultivate connectedness to a landscape that is transforming? What does it mean to record that for an unknown future? We will experiment with materials that change, grow, and propagate: bioplastics and mycelia; seedbombs and seedbanks. Can biomimicry be a catalyst for creative invention? We will examine and draw inspiration from relationships and systems of the natural world and weather data. We will discuss the Earthseed poems within Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and their vision of inevitable change that can be shaped. Can individuals be the seeds who shape a changing world? Can artists? We will explore the work of Guadalupe Maravilla, Joiri Minaya, The Lenape Center, Fallen Fruit, and Kim Stanley Robinson, among others.

Open to: All University undergraduate students. Some seats have been reserved for BFA Fine Arts students

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 10:42am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2024 - 12/12/2024