Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century: Culture – Screening: Examined Life, directed by Astra Taylor

6:00 p.m.

 Presented by Susan Yelavich of the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Global Issues is both a course and a lecture series that is open to the community. It is designed to identify the broad issues that are shaping design and art—and in turn, culture—in the early 21st century. Beginning with an introduction to cultural theory, Global Issues looks at the ways in which design and art mirror the state of contemporary culture and the ways in which they critique and change culture. Guest speakers—drawn from the fields of art, architecture, fashion, product, and communication design, as well as philosophy, anthropology, and design history—examine the concept of culture and its dynamics in light of the radical changes brought about by globalization. Collectively, they demonstrate the unique potential of designers and artists to serve as both mediators and critics of culture through their studio practices.

Future lectures include:

Nov. 15
Designing Time (Lecture in Great Hall, Cooper Union)
Anna Barbara, Professor of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano

Nov. 29
The Social App Lab, UC Berkeley
James Holston, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dec. 6
Petrified Curtains, Animate Architextiles
Susan Yelavich, Assistant Professor, Parsons

Dec. 13
Student Propositions for New York City Blocks
Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies, Parsons; Susan Yelavich, Assistant Professor, Parsons


Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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