The Eye and the I

Parsons School of Design: Parsons First Year

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Eye and the I

Spring 2020

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 6170

Credits: 3

Vision is central and basic to much of what we do in art and design, but its workings are hidden in plain sight. This course offers an introduction to the physical underpinnings of vision, with a particular focus on the eye. Through projects which merge artistic and experimental modes of inquiry, students will develop techniques for observing their own vision -- seeing themselves seeing. In addition to a working understanding of the structure of the eye and how it shapes the way we see, students will also gain practical knowledge of what makes vision possible in the first place: the light -- fluctuating, reverberating, and complexly varied -- in which we are immersed. And we will place the human eye in broad context by comparing it to the vast array of eyes to be found in other animals, and in our deep evolutionary past. In addition to being directly applicable to work in any visual field, these understandings can deepen the sensitivity and awareness we bring to our environment, and inform how we, with our sense of conscious selfhood, fit into the world around us. After all, we can learn a great deal about vision from a remove; but we don’t see vision from the outside, we experience it subjectively. By exploring vision and the eye, we will also be learning about ourselves.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Parsons First Year (PUFY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

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: 4:37am 9/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm



Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020