Skin as Metaphor
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 5825
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
The Skin as Metaphor provides an extended theoretical framework for fashionable technology. The class uses the body as the centerpiece to discuss the psychology of interactivity on the body, the historical background, the intertwining of technology, science, and fashion, and precedents in art and fashion. The essential intersection of aesthetics and functionality is providing the shell for the discourse. The class is divided into main areas of research that examine the history, current research and development, and raise questions for future investigation. These extend to The Epidermis as Metaphor, Hertzian Waves, Amplification of Energy, Scientific Couture, and Materials Explorations. The culmination of the class is a research paper (and in some cases applied research) that examines a specific subject matter chosen by the student. The ongoing research assignments during the semester are posted to the blog. Guest speakers will conduct lectures in their area of expertise. [Formerly offered under PGHT 5525.]
Open to: All university graduate degree students.