Material Culture II

Alison Jane Clarke
Design, Design History and Theory
2021S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02855

Description

 #Throwback: Topics in Revivalism and 20th-century Design and Material Culture

Faculty: Univ. Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke | Sen. Sc. Michelle Jackson-Beckett, MA, MPhil

*This course will be conducted via Zoom and the online learning system Canvas. All students must register for a free Canvas account in order to attend the course. Detailed instructions for setting up a Canvas account will be shared at the time of registration. If it is possible to switch to hybrid or in-person learning in the Spring/Summer, students will be informed accordingly. 

 *Attendance is mandatory at the first session. A seminar grade requires regular, punctual attendance (5 out of 6 sessions, plus 1 tutorial) and completion of the assignments.

Course Description: Revivalism in design and architecture has long been considered regressive or resistant to the modernist movements of the twentieth century, but is this analysis too dismissive? This course will foster a nuanced discussion of material culture history as a series of subjective narratives while exploring the relationships between twentieth-century material culture, revivalism, memory, and expressions of identity in Europe and the United States. Case studies include explorations of National Romanticism in architecture of First Republic Austria, 1960s Radicalism and Anti-Design movements, the role of fashion and subcultures in Glam Rock, Punk, and Grunge movements, Ostalgie of the 1990s-2000s, and the influence of Ancient Mesoamerican cultures on modern American design, among others. This course will explore theories and philosophies related to identity, making, cultural memory studies, subcultures, and qualifiers like “retro” and “vintage,” in order to connect historical case studies with today’s age of ubiquitous social media, memes, and recent spikes in “throwback” culture. While exploring case studies in product and industrial design, architecture, interiors, fashion, and graphic design across the twentieth century, students will consider a range of diverse topics including kitsch, camp, pastiche, nostalgia, postmodernism, postcolonial studies, transnationalism, and Cold War politics. The course will encourage students to critically engage with the many “complex and contradictory” layers of the past enfolded in the present.

Students will learn:

  • To gain an understanding of how the larger social, economic, political, and interdisciplinary contexts come to bear in modern and contemporary design and material culture
  • How theory and modes of consumption have affected contemporary design practices and ideas of collective memory in society 
  • To incorporate critical thinking with regard to a range of topics, importantly considering content beyond the traditional academic canon, including the critical relationships between material culture, sociology, and politics. 
  • To further hone critical research and reading skills by engaging multiple perspectives and developing a historically referenced point of view to expand the student's design practice 

Examination Modalities

(1) A seminar grade requires regular, punctual attendance (5 out of 6 sessions, plus 1 tutorial) and completion of the assignments.

(2) 20% of grade: active oral participation in each session in the form of well-considered comments, questions, and critique of the session readings and content. 

(3) 30% of the grade: 5 short written responses of 200-300 words posted to the course online discussion forum on Canvas

(4) 50% of the grade: Oral presentation with accompanying reference images and/or audiovisual material. Submission of typed presentation notes and visuals for credit. Presentation topic must be requested by email to the instructor within one week after the first session.

Comments

Register by email to michelle.jackson-beckett@uni-ak.ac.at. In your email include:

1. Preferred email contact
2. Your major field of study and year
3. A brief description of why you are interested in taking this course and what you hope to learn (even if this course is a requirement for your study program, you must still provide a response beyond that).  
4. If you have any accessibility needs (all personal information is kept strictly confidential). 

Dates

04 March 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation
18 March 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation
15 April 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation
29 April 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation
20 May 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation
10 June 2021, 14:00–16:30 Session held via private Zoom invitation

Course Enrolment

From 08 February 2021, 00:00 to 11 March 2021, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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