GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
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Courses taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko
01315: Un-War Architecture (STU 0131500)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00
Since earliest times artists and designers have been major contributors to the Culture of War.
War propaganda commissions, design of s uniforms, armor, weapons, war camouflage, war monuments, war memorials, war shrines is a historical testimony to this fact.
In challenge to such "professional" heritage, this studio course will focus on mastering the power of artists, and designers in historically opposite "Un-War " direction - in interruptions and critical deconstructions of the workings of Culture of War and in pro-active work toward new Un-War Culture.
In time of continuing regional and civil wars, and continuing proliferation of nuclear weapons and a perspective of war as a global nuclear annihilation, it is imperative for artists and designers to continue and expand their engagement in peace building and un-war projects.
In search of specific design and artistic contribution to such larger ‘cultural disarmament’ and Un-War mission, this studio will focus on projects that can "disarm" the existing War Memorials, War Monuments and War Shrines and "re-arm" them for their new peace-building role.
Focus on existing, already built War Memorials is important because they are part of a key symbolic armament of Culture of War and Cult of War.
More specifically, the student projects may involve invention, development and practical experimentation with new especially designed, supplemental architectural structures to provide conditions for media installations, interactive displays, immersive environments as well as interventional, performative programs alternative commemorative events and projects: all superimposed, juxtaposed or in side-by-side relation with the iconic and textual narrative, architectural- sculptural symbolism, forms, programs and functions of the existing war Monuments Memorials and Shrines.
Work on projects will be supplemented by discussions, readings and student presentations reviews with guest critics and field trips.
The first half of semester will be devoted to study and design search and conceptual development of spatial and media, structures, interfaces, interactive responsive and display equipment and systems that can successfully engage, effect, transform the meaning of existing historic statues and monuments without physically touching engaging or altering them.
The second half of semester will be devoted to work on selected project(s) by students working in group(s) toward final presentation that will include a display of large scale models and/or full scale prototypes in public space.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Peter Del Tredici, Iñaki Abalos, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Daniel D'Oca, Gareth Doherty, Andreas Georgoulias, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Timothy Hyde, Niall Kirkwood, Sanford Kwinter, David Mah, Panagiotis Michalatos, Mark Mulligan, Ciro Najle, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Richard Peiser, Chris Reed, Ingeborg Rocker, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Allen Sayegh, Jeffrey Schnapp, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Martin Bechthold
Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.
09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 8 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 coursework.
- 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.
This 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.