Objects of Revol(t)ution

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Objects of Revol(t)ution
Fall 2022
Taught By: Hala Abdel Malak and Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 9177

Credits: 3

Turn on the news today: the rhetoric around revolution, revolt and protests is everywhere. Exploring the impact of these movements is critical in our current landscape. In this course we will examine the recent global wave of mass revolts and revolutions through the study of various designs and their symbolism and significance. The class will also dig into relevance and weave relationships between form and function, culture, politics, economy, society, and technology. Artifacts will range from looking at the megaphone and its resonance, everyday objects that were turned into barricades, shelters and street sculptures or umbrellas protecting demonstrators from tear gas, within others. We will also pay particular attention to sensory modalities of revolt. By exploring various acts of civil disobedience through the lens of material culture we can illustrate and expand on the role that design plays - not only shaping and defining products but as an agent of change in politics, communication and social innovation. Through hands-on learning, readings, lectures and design led research, participants will explore the timely emerging patterns of global uprisings. Informed by their research and learning from the class, students will develop a final project inspired by the topic in the medium of their choice.

Open to all University undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 5:12am EST 1/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 503
Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022