Design Fictions: Illuminating the Nature and Capacities of Places and Things
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5642
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
Selections from fiction and non-fiction are studied to offer new perspectives on the ways in which design—both formal and vernacular—takes on meaning when it enters the world. We will read essays and novels where objects are protagonists such as Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red—a literary fable set in 16th-century Turkey about the cultural values of style. We will also analyze the social and behavioral affects of things and technology in excerpts ranging from Marcel Proust’s Remembrances of Things Past to Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine. The implications of making objects and places will be considered as well, via works by José Saramago and Italo Calvino. Other authors to be covered include: Kobo Abé, Charles D’Ambrosio, Luc Sante, Lao She, and Virginia Woolf. Each writer offers insight into the capacities of design that students will explore through in-depth analyses and discussion. We will also explore a variety of different modes of writing throughout the semester. Readings will be chosen across disciplines, including architecture, fashion, interiors, communications, product design, artificial intelligence, and urban design.
Open to: All university graduate degree students
Open to Graduate students.