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Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century: Culture

Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century: Culture

 

Spring 2012

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm

Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street

Global Issues is a lecture series, open to the the community, which is designed to identify the broad issues that are shaping design and art in the 21st century.  It focuses on the concept of culture and its
dynamics in light of the radical changes brought about by globalization.  In a world where people move more often than ever before and technology circulates ideas and goods faster than ever before, this lecture series views the resulting cultural fusions and collisions as source of new understandings, not just as a catalyst for conflict.  Beginning with an introduction to cultural theory, the course proceeds to an examination of the ways in which design and art mirror the state of contemporary culture and the ways in which they critique and change culture.

 

Instructor:

Susan Yelavich, Associate Professor and Director, MA Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design

 

January 24

Introduction to Global Issues:  Culture as State and State of Mind

Susan Yelavich, Associate Professor and Director, MA Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design

 

January 31

Capacities of Design and Culture

Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design

 

February 7

How to be an Outsider

Christopher Robbins, artist

 

February 14

Localizing Design: Case Studies from Rwanda and Haiti

Michael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director, MASS Design, Boston

 

February 21

Design as a Catalyst of Social Resources

Ezio Manzini, Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons; Professor of Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano

 

February 28

Unmapping

Sean Donahue, faculty, Art Center College of Design; Principal, Research Centered Design

 

March 6

Digital Crafting: Approaches for a Soft Architecture

Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Director, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

 

March 20

Design Away

Cameron Tonkinwise, Associate Dean for Sustainability, Parsons The New School for Design

 

March 27

Fashion Hacking

Otto von Busch, Assistant Professor of Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons

 

April 3

How Far Can Ideas Go?

Dror Benshetrit, principal, Studio Dror

April 10

Public Space and Public Life in Cuba

Coco Fusco, Director of Intermedia Initiatives, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons

April 17

Film Screening

“Examined Life,” Director, Astra Taylor

 

April 24

Photographs of an Expanding Urbanism and its Costs

Sze Tsung Leong, artist

 

May 1

Illustrating Cultural Identity and Images of ‘the Other’

Nora Krug, Associate Professor, Illustration Program, School of Art Media and Technology, Parsons

 

May 8

Student Propositions

Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies, Parsons; Susan Yelavich, Associate Professor, Parsons

 

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