The City Through the Body
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLSD 4004
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
- Urban Environment
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
The cultural theorist Siegfried Kracauer claimed, “one’s body takes root in the asphalt.” This course begins with that claim to explore sensuous encounters in and with the city. Particular smells, sounds, visions, textures and tastes mark cities as sensory environments that cultivate hedonism, pleasure and desire. How do bodies and senses order space and configure experience? How do we ‘make sense’ in and through urban environments? If we take cities as sensory sites, what are some research strategies we can use to explore the relationship between bodies and cities? The course provides a framework for exploration of various understandings of cities, bodies, experience, and the senses as presented and expressed in social theory, art, film, music, and literature. Using a transdisciplinary perspective, students are encouraged to experiment with creative approaches to understanding embodied urban experience.
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
Open to Undergraduate students.