Home-Making: Memories, Materials, Mementos

Parsons School of Design: Parsons First Year

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Spring 2023
Taught By: Maya Samat
Section: A

CRN: 13780

Credits: 3

In this home-based studio, students will explore writing and making using the stuff of their own home life as inspiration. Together we will mine memories, objects, and ancestral stories to create new narratives, as we reflect upon the urgency of the domestic space in our contemporary world. While you were at home during the pandemic, what did you discover there? What information can be gleaned from the stories embedded in that space? Through the creation of ancestral journals, mementos for imagined memories, shrines to the living, voiceovers for photographs, and other projects (both visual and written), we will attempt to answer: Can the home be a generative, ritual space for making, and what materials and ideas do we already possess that can serve as guides in this process? How do we investigate or retell the stories of our ancestors? What is the boundary between the public and private self? We will read stories, essays, memoirs, and haikus by authors such as Rebecca Solnit, Joy Harjo, Ocean Vuong, and Basho in an attempt to define the concept of home. We will also consider such themes as intergenerational trauma, displacement, and land rights, as we strive to contextualize the idea of home more broadly in our modern world.

Open to: Parsons First Year students, and others, space provided.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Parsons First Year (PUFY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

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: 4:44am EDT 6/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023