Twentieth-century French philosophers and sociologists formulated the phrase “social practice” to describe interactions between everyday life and the spaces/environments in which they occur. The term has since resurfaced in creative disciplines to distinguish the work of architects, artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers who actively engage the public domain and whose work aims to alter public perception as well incite social change.
The creative role, in this context, is altered from one of service provider to one of self-initiated and self-organizing production. The project’s conceptualization, production, and implementation are the exclusive effort of its creator(s). This alternative form of creative production endorses divergent theoretical and aesthetic agendas disassociated with traditional creative practices.
Interdisciplinary in nature, this course will operate as a workshop to explore and apply processes of social practice within the creative disciplines. In doing so, students will experiment with a variety of “non-traditional” design strategies that include guerrilla interventions, performance, participatory events and social sourcing to test their potential impact within urban, aesthetic and technological environments. Students will utilize both physical and virtual means to directly engage collaborators, sites, and social systems with the intent of instigating as well as facilitating collective exchange and debate. Students execute research, articulate narratives, conceive and implement projects that support contemporary forms of cultural inquiry and debate.
This course fosters an expanded notion of architecture and design by recognizing social practice as a viable and effective model of professional livelihood. Approaches and strategies that confront critical cultural and social topics through the manipulation of space and environment become part of the contemporary designer’s arsenal. The course prepares those studying in creative disciplines to productively engage public agencies, alternative institutions, social groups, collectives and others not customarily part of design conversation.
The course wil consist of Design, Fabrication and Assembly.