GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
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Courses taught by Jonathan Scelsa
01312: The Function of Time: The Contemporary Art Museum (STU 0131200)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
This is the second in a series of research based studios devoted to the spatial and temporal implications that contemporary art provokes for a museum today. In an effort to address different contemporary issues, artists have in the last two decades embraced different subject matters, scales and media, resulting in an unprecedented range of artwork that has broken outside the white cube of Modern Museum Design. To be a platform for contemporary art, the art museum needs to embody spatial diversity and it needs to accommodate continuous change. The Function of Time in a contemporary art museum addresses specifically the problem of unpredictability that is inherent in the condition of contemporary art.
Today, countless museums exist, built before or during the early part of 20th century that house great collections of modern art. In the coming years, these museums will need to find ways to expand and adapt their current structures to accommodate contemporary art exhibitions. This studio will focus on the Function of Time within such an existing art museum, approaching the need for flexibility and spatial variety.
Much of contemporary art has emerged as a response to the museum building or the museum as an institution, such as Carsten Höller’s “Soma, 2010”, Urs Fischer’s “You, 2003”, Chu Yun’s “Constellation, 2006”or Grego Schneider’s “Totes Haus u r, 2001”. Building upon these responses, this studio will investigate what could be a series of spatial forms- such as a shed, a house, a chapel, a lab, a garden, etc- that could provide different contexts in a museum, thus fulfilling the diverse spatial needs of contemporary art. These spatial forms will act as the brief for the expansion of the existing museum.
Drawing from writings and conversations on contemporary art with Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as other leading curators, the studio will first produce a group survey of exhibitions before developing individual design projects for the expansion and revision of an existing art museum. As a primarily digital studio, students are required to be competent in a parametric program such as Grasshopper.
Please note: The studio meets twice weekly. Farshid Moussavi will not be present at all course meetings. Jonathan Scelsa will be the instructor for the course in Professor Moussavi’s absence.
03409: The Function of Style: 2000-2010 (DES 0340900)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 9:00 - 1:00 Gund 318
During the 19th and most of the 20th century, discussions of style revolved around pure formalism or pure functionalism. Style, as the way of assembling forms, was trapped in producing consistency and sameness across architectural forms.
This seminar is the third in a series at the GSD focused at researching a contemporary idea of style in architecture. The previous semesters investigated the architecture of the latter part of the 20th century which defies the senselessness and anonymity of early 20th century city. The aim was to establish whether the systems of differentiation identified earlier were exploring their style as formalism or they were based on a new idea of style that would work with form and function simultaneously as a way to use form to subvert function as set out for each type by early 20th century modernism.
This semester we will interrogate further the form-function relationship of those projects. We will focus particularly on the history of drawing techniques of describing different concepts of function. We will examine and produce drawings that describe amongst other criteria the structural function [arrangement of activities or materials], the physical function [such as acoustics, traffic, lighting], the psychological function or the social function of built forms.
The seminar will continue to combine reading texts related the topic with a case study method of research. Work for the seminar will therefore have three components upon which students will be graded: the reading and discussion of theoretical texts on style and typology; the development of drawing techniques to examine functional considerations in each building type; the production and execution of those drawings for a sample pool of projects of each type to verify how in each case formal variation changes the way it functions.
Please note: The seminar meets weekly. Farshid Moussavi will not be present at all course meetings. Jonathan Scesla will be the instructor for the course in Professor Moussavi’s absence.