Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Knight, Kim
Discipline and Number
EMAC 6372 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
(Title no longer in catalog).

Description of Course:

With the recent increase in wearable media in consumer markets, there has been much attention paid to devices, data tracking, and aesthetics. But what about the messages communicated and the bodies on which the media is worn? Or the labor and materials required to produce electronics and textiles? Or issues of access and consumerism? In this course, we will approach the topic of wearable media as cultural theorists and as critical makers. We will begin with a brief look at the social history of fashion and its historical intersections with media and technology. We will then explore more contemporary areas of intersection centered on issues of embodiment, identity and globalization. The final portion of the semester will be devoted to "learning by doing" in the production of socially-engaged and critically-informed wearable media projects. No sewing, electronics, or coding experience is necessary.

Required Texts:

- Rebecca Arnold Fashion: A Very Short Introduction ISBN 978-0199547906
- Tony Olsson, David Gaetano, Samson Wiklund, Jonas Odhner, OpenSoftwear
1st edition available as a free download at http://softwear.cc/book/files/Open_Softwear-beta090712.pdf
- All items from the following wishlist: https://www.sparkfun.com/wish_lists/64326

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

No sewing, electronics, or coding experience is necessary.

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