Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Life and design bear at least a century-long history of entanglement and imbrication. In this time, artists and architects looked to the history, theory, and practice of biology not simply for inspiration but for substance and material. Reciprocally, biologists linked biomorphic patterns across species, claiming mammals and plants in certain instances shared 'good design': the symmetry and balance of the golden section and beauty classically understood. By contrast, this course looks to the relationships between art, architecture, and biology in order to rethink "consciousness," "mind," and the hierarchy of being. It focuses on texts, art, and architecture from over a roughly 150-year period, from Charles Darwin and Ernst Haeckel to Gianni Vattimo and Cleve Backster; from modern art and architecture to contemporary media art and architecture.
Charles Darwin, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Ernst Haeckel, Raoul Francé, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Gilbert Simondon, Bruno Latour, Antoine Picon, Greg Lynn, Gianni Vattimo, Roy Ascott, Detlef Mertins, Petra Gruber.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Open mind and readiness to read dense texts closely.
Some background in art, architecture, design, or art/architectural history and theory would be helpful.