Material Culture II

Alison Jane Clarke
Design, Design History and Theory
2022S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02855

Description

Material Culture II: Waste & Materiality

Faculty: Univ. Prof. Alison J. Clarke and Sen. Sc. Michelle Jackson-Beckett

This course explores global topics on waste and materiality in design and artistic practice from the nineteenth century to the present. Garbage––the material stuff that humans throw away––is a continuously pressing concern, as climate change and the pandemic cause people all over the world to consider global supply and delivery chains, as well as the ecological footprints of state and multinational corporations across industries of product and industrial design, fast fashion, and air travel, among others. From the role of graphic design in data visualizations of climate change to zero-waste fashion construction methods, and corporate product design repair programs, students will engage with a range of design criticism, digital exhibitions, and public history projects, as well as news media and film. In this course, students will read primary and secondary sources, actively participate in classroom discussions and online discussion boards, and complete a class presentation (Referat).

Learning Outcomes
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 on ecology and sustainability
  • To incorporate critical thinking and consider content beyond the traditional academic canon, including the critical relationships between material culture, sociology,  environmentalism, 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

A seminar grade requires regular, punctual attendance (7 out of 8 sessions, plus 1 tutorial) and completion of the assignments:

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

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

- Class presentation (Referat) 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. (50%)

The final deadline to submit online discussion forum responses and any outstanding assignments is 9 June 2022. 

Comments

This course takes place in English.

Online registration in Base before the first session is required of all students who wish to enroll in this course. 

Any changes of the course location to online mode pending future University Covid-19 regulations will be announced here and via email to registered students.

Key Words

Waste, trash, landscape design, product design, social design, material culture, green design, sustainability, textile work, environment, environmental art, industrial design, fashion design, interior design, graphic design, interventionist art, cultural politics, design, public space

Dates

10 March 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
24 March 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
07 April 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
28 April 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
05 May 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
12 May 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
19 May 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22
09 June 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 22

Course Enrolment

The online registration was already closed

co-registration: possible

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