Modes of Seeing
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 4013
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
This course explores the act of perception as a rich relationship between perceivers and the objects of our perception. Through texts and artworks we will explore a variety of theories that account for the cultural, racial, gendered, technological, and phenomenological forces at play in the process of perception. Contrary to attitudes that constitute perception as an objective or consistent source of information, perception is presented in this course as a rich site for the formation, and transformation, of who we are, what we perceive, and how we understand our world. By shifting the focus from what we see to how we see, we seek to understand perception as a dynamic and mutually formative relationship between subject and object.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
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.