Design und Diversität

Elena Shapira
Design, Theory and History of Design
2019W, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02886

Description

Possessing Identities? Design, Possession and Media Performance in European and American Modernism

On the cover of the bi-monthly American interior design magazine Metropolitan Home in the summer of 1999, the headline was “Shape Your Own Style, Get Personal,” the question arises how do we “Get Personal”? This proseminar addresses the question of the relationship between modern identities and consumerism. What do your possessions and their specific designs say about you or about your “cultural baggage”? These questions are examined through material culture case studies in European and American modernism during the first half of the twentieth century. Research sources to be examined are clothing and furniture, private and journalistic photographic documentation of possessions and media discourse on design. This historical perspective will further shed new light on today’s digital culture(s). This proseminar includes cultural studies and design theories as well as consumer culture theories and provides architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion students as well as cultural, architectural, and design history students with novel and applied strategies relevant to the practice of their profession.

Examination Modalities

Reading Assignment (10%) Class participation and presentation in class (25%), written version of theme paper (65%)

  • Request email presenting thesis and bibliography of paper at least one week before referat presentation in class
  • Each submitted paper should include exact footnotes, list of bibliography divided between primary sources and secondary sources and illustrations with illustrations sources.
  • Submission deadline of pro-seminar paper is January 31, 2020.

Comments

Reading Assignment:

  1. Collins, Jim, “No (Popular) Place Like Home?” in: Jim Collins (ed.,) High Pop – Making Culture into Popular Entertainment, Wily Blackwell, 2002, 182-200.
  2. Goffman, Erving, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life” (1959) in: Craig Calhoun, Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, and Indermohan Virk (eds.,) Contemporary Sociological Theory, second edition, Hong Kong: Blackwell Publishing, 2007, 52-66.
  3. Lears, T. J. Jackson, “From Salvation to Self Realization,” in R. Wightman Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears (eds.,) The Culture of Consumption: critical essays in American History, 1880-1980, New York: Panthen Books, 1983, 4-11.
  4. Miller, Daniel, Introduction. In: Daniel Miller (ed.,) Material Cultures. Why some things matter. London: University College London Press, 1998, 3-24.
  5. Sofaer, Joanna, Introduction: Materiality and Identity, in: Joanna Sofaer (ed.,) Material Identities, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007, 1-9.

Key Words

Design, Konstumkultur, Besitz, Medienperformance

Dates

16 October 2019, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
23 October 2019, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
06 November 2019, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
13 November 2019, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
20 November 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room Postgasse
04 December 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room Postgasse
11 December 2019, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room Postgasse
08 January 2020, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
15 January 2020, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse
22 January 2020, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Postgasse

Course Enrolment

From 16 October 2019, 10:30 to 23 October 2019, 10:00
Via online registration
via email: elena.shapira@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (3.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Theory and History of Design (3.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Theory and History of Design (3.0 ECTS)

Industrial Design (1. Section): Design and Diversity (3.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (2. Section): Design and Diversity (3.0 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Geschichte und Theorie des Design (2.0 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities (3.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (3.0 ECTS)