GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:52:56.
Courses taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko
02482: Art, Design and the Public Domain (VIS 0248200)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 3:00 - 6:00 Gund 508
The first meeting of this course will take place on September 1st at 6 PM in room 510. Interested students should plan to attend. This is due to no classes being offered on Labor Day.
With fall semester of 2011 the GDS's program in Art Design and the Public Domain is entering its second year of existence, This seminar is intended to serve as an important research, discussion and presentation forum, information resource and a critical laboratory for further development of this new program. The course will focus on informed review and discussion in contemporary transformative, analytical, critical, and interventional art and design practice that engages public spaces and lives of people in the cities.Student interests and instructor suggestions will become a base for assigned readings, research, and presentation projects. Some seminar sessions will include appearances of invited artists, curators, and critics, as well as film screenings, and site visits. In the course of readings, discussions and presentations students will be exposed to issues and notions of Public Domain, Space, Place, Realm, and Sphere, Polis, Parrhesia, Public, Community and Interventionist Art, Spatial Practices, Agonistic Democracy, Memorial, Monument, Public Testimony, Public Speech-Act, Pro-test, Trauma Recovery, Collective Cultural Superego, Site, Audience, and Community Specific Art, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Epic Theater, Derive and Detournemant, Psychogeography, Performative, Interrogative, and Critical Design, the concepts of the Event, the Political, and the Public, Strategy and Tactics, Nomads War Machine, and State Apparatus, Transitional Object, Good Enough Mother, Relational Aesthetics, Art as Responsive and Interactive Environment, Cultural Prosthetics and other.
02483: Interrogative Design: Animating Monuments (VIS 0248300)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 3:00 - 6:00 Gund 510
This course is cross listed with VES as VES137X.
The course will focus on the ways in which designers and artists can help the "entrenched in the past" monuments to become enlivened for the living- be relevant, meaningful and critically useful in the present. In search for an innovative contribution to such a task, the course participants may consider adaptation, invention and development of various kinds of equipment, instruments implements, and media interface, propose and test architectural/sculptural installations, performative actions, events etc. in their design explorations and experiments. The word "monument" my be understood in many ways: as an un-animated structure, as a person or as a social group that immersed in a melancholic (often postraumatic) condition that remains in a state of "freezing of the failure situation" (D,W, Winnicott) or exists as "the living monument to her or his (or their) own trauma" (J.Herman). Blank facades and blind eyes of lofty civic monuments face the speechless and estranged residents living in their shadows, on their steps and under their feet. Both the city monuments and the city residents seem to be in need to be animated, even re-animated. In this way, the art of animating monuments may include the animation of ourselves as existential and political subjects, the reactualization and critical mobilization of built symbolic structures among which we live, and of developing our more conscious and meaningful relation to them. This workshop-seminar will be based on development of artistic and design projects supported by readings discussions and reviews as well as a response and input from guest consultants and critics. Media experiments and artistic interventions engaging existing public statues and monuments will be critical part of the course.
09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits
The Final Project will consist of a theoretical/position component, and of a practical/experimental component. The scope of each of the two components will be determined according to the student's preference, and considering the specific character of the project in consultation with the area coordinator and the advisor. In exceptional cases the final project may be solely based on (expanded in scope and ambition) a theoretical component. A theoretical, written component is required for all final projects. The final project is equivalent to 8 units of courseworkTheoretical/Position component-A written document presenting the original contribution to, and original argument for your artistic/design/research project defended within the context of current discourses in relevant disciplinary fields. The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:-Relevant present day artistic and design practices and their specific methodologies-Relevant theoretical and critical discourses (including your elaborations on relevant "pro" and "contra" positions)-The relevant historical tradition Practical/Experimental componentThis component involves an original artistic/design project conceived, developed and presented as a public presentation, exhibition, installation, performance, action, and intervention in a physical or/and electronic space. The public presentation is a crucial part of the final project and is required. The Final Project's printed presentation as publishable document (that contains the theoretical argument and a graphic and textual presentation of the practical/experimental component)is also required.