-Spring 2009 Spaces of Display and Performance by Thomas Riccio
This course was designed to examine the relationship between the human body in a specific space and place. It also analyzed alternative world views of indigenous, oral and non-literate cultures that view the body as part of a layer system that humans inhabit and connect to through the senses. The issues centered around phenomenology, anthropology, architecture, psychology, geography, advertising, religion, mythology, ritualistic behavior, media and performance studies related to the working concepts of space and place. Time, myth and narratives of place were examined, along with cultural geography, technology’s impact on space and time through branding as well as superfluous and false places akin with Las Vegas and Disney Land and a return to mythical spaces of being.