Material Culture I

Alison Jane Clarke
Design, Design History and Theory
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02856

Description

Material Culture I: Design and Dwelling

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

*This seminar will be conducted in person unless changes to university regulations require a shift to distance learning.

In the era of Covid-19 when people around the world are forced to spend most waking hours at home, the question of a healthy and happy living and working space––especially on small, contingent, or shared scales––continues to be a relevant issue. This course considers the material culture of modern dwelling through twentieth-century and contemporary perspectives across themes of gender, race, accessibility, style, politics, and climate change, explored through a variety of sources, including news media, film, literature, fashion, product design and home furnishings, architecture, interiors, and urban planning. Students will explore histories of interior design beyond a traditional canon, considering not only aesthetics, taste, and consumption, but also diverse theoretical and social interpretations of dwelling and material culture. The course will offer students alternative perspectives on the perennial question famously posed at the 1927 German Werkbund exhibition, Die Wohnung: “how should we live?” With widespread work-from-home burnout, sky-rocketing housing costs, and the continued fallout of the Great Recession, this question “how should we live?” is perhaps even more urgent today than it was in 1927.  

Examination Modalities

(1) A seminar grade requires regular, punctual attendance (7 out of 8 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

Seminar is held in English.

Dates

07 October 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
21 October 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
04 November 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
18 November 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
02 December 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
16 December 2021, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
13 January 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5
27 January 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 5

Course Enrolment

From 06 September 2021, 00:00 to 18 October 2021, 00:00
via email: michelle.jackson-beckett@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

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Art Education: subject dae (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dae (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

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Art Education: subject dex (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dex (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

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