Theorie und Geschichte des Design I

Heng Zhi
Design, Design History and Theory
2022W, Proseminar (PS), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04022

Description

Revisiting Taste in Design

Why are kitsch objects and low-cost plastic chairs considered bad taste? Or are they? How and when did the debate about good and bad taste in design emerge? Why did the governments of the UK, Sweden, and the USA actively promote the notion of “good design” in the post-war period and what remains of these campaigns today? This seminar explores the concept of taste in the history of design by tracing the modernist vision of “non-taste”, through the state efforts in disseminating good design taste after the Second World War, to the recent phenomenon of algorithms taking on the role of the tastemaker. By interpreting and challenging Pierre Bourdieu’s theory on taste and power relations in the present context of design, this course makes clear that in spite of the claim by some design scholars of an era “after taste”, taste stays relevant as a central issue for the design world, though manifested in much more subtle and multi-layered ways. Students are encouraged to explore the complexity and the multiplicity of taste as a subject by participating in the discussion in the course and researching on selected case studies.

Examination Modalities

A seminar grade requires:

  • regular, punctual attendance (min. 80% of all sections)
  • active oral participation in each session in form of comments and critique of the readings and the inputs (40% of grade)
  • a short oral presentation (10-15 min.) of the student’s own case study and reflection on a selected subject in relation to the course content (40% of grade)
  • Submission of the presentation note (1000 words) with accompanying images and references, which must be uploaded to the Base-folder of the course in advance to the presentation. (20% of grade)

Dates

18 October 2022, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9
15 November 2022, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9
29 November 2022, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9
13 December 2022, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9
10 January 2023, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9
17 January 2023, 09:30–12:00 Seminar Room 9

Course Enrolment

From 14 July 2021, 00:00 to 11 October 2022, 00:00
The online registration was already closed

co-registration: possible

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