New Publications from Visual Culture Group

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Orit Halpern publishes “Test Bed Urbanism” on ubiquitous computing infrastructures and vision in Public Culture:

http://publicculture.dukejournals.org/content/25/2_70/272.abstract

and essay on “Psychadelic Vision” in BioSocieties:

http://www.palgrave-journals.com/biosoc/journal/v8/n2/full/biosoc201311a.html

Conference: Design Studies RESCHEDULED

Negotiating the Terrain of Design Studies: Research, Reflection, Practice

http://adht.parsons.edu/designstudies/2012/10/07/program-inaugural-design-studies-symposium/

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MARCH 1-2, 2013
Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
Free and Open to the Public

To mark the inauguration of Parsons’ MA Design Studies program, this symposium looks at the intellectual currents that charge the growing field of design studies as a branch of the humanities and the social sciences, and a critical force in industry. An international
roster of scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs will consider how design both shapes specific experiences and embodies fundamental assumptions about our relationship to, and with, the world and each other. Together, they will explore the unique potential of
design studies to operate between among the realms of research, analysis, and advocacy.

New Collaboration with Wolfsonian-FIU Museum

The Visual Culture Lab at New School/Parsons is excited to announce the start of a collaboration in design research with the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami, Florida, one of the preeminent design collections in the United States.

We will start with a workshop:

“Reading Artifacts: A Collaborative Workshop,” Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Visual Culture Lab (New School) Workshop, Miami, February 1, 2013.

DESIGN/HISTORY/REVOLUTION APRIL 27 and 28 PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN

 

VIDEOS AVAILABLE HERE:

http://designhistoryrevolution.wordpress.com/videos/

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions? We propose a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a mode of historical analysis. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions and open up new possibilities for understanding the relationships among design, history and revolution. Casting a wide net, we define our terms broadly. Papers will examine the roles of design in generating, shaping, remembering or challenging moments of social, political, economic, aesthetic, intellectual, technological, religious, and other upheaval. We consider a range of historical periods (ancient, pre-modern, early modern, modern, post- and post-post-modern) and geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories). We examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., communications, services, governments). And we approach design from a diversity of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches.

Keynoted by Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, and Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, this conference brings together scholars from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences with designers. We hope not only to present multiple methodological approaches but also to foster conversations across traditional spatial, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

http://designhistoryrevolution.wordpress.com/

All events are in Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue

Design/Revolution/History

Visual Culture Lab is excited to be helping orchestrate an experimental workshop/conference for rethinking the relationship between design, history, and politics. We intend to include individuals from a wide number of fields, traversing the humanities, design practitioners, curators, and art and design historians and theorists to  rethink the concept, practice, and discourse of design.

Call for Papers

Deadline: December 7, 2011

Conference: April 27 & 28, 2012, The New School, NYC

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions?  We propose a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a mode of historical analysis.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions and open up new possibilities for understanding the relationships among design, history and revolution.

Casting a wide net, we define our terms broadly. We seek 20-minute papers that examine the roles of design in generating, shaping, remembering or challenging moments of social, political, economic, aesthetic, intellectual, technological, religious, and other upheaval. We consider a range of historical periods (ancient, pre-modern, early modern, modern, post- and post-post-modern) and geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories).  We examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., communications, services, governments).  And we welcome a diversity of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches.

This conference brings together scholars from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences with designers, artists, and other creators. We hope not only to present multiple methodological approaches but also to foster conversations across traditional spatial, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

We list some possible subject areas below, and encourage you to propose others:
Design and political / cultural / economic revolution, Design and the everyday, Design and technological revolution, Design and government, Design and social movements, Design and surveillance, Design and historicity,     Designed landscapes, Design and empire,   Design and the sacred, Design and the avant-garde,
Design and memory, Design and the print revolution ,     Design and philosophy/philosophies, Design and consumerism, Design and the city, Design and science, Design and the environment, Design and cybernetics, Design and the domestic sphere, Design and education, Design and literature of design

Please submit a 250-word abstract (maximum) and 1-page CV to: designhistoryrevolution@gmail.com

Web: http://designhistoryrevolution.wordpress.com/