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UDIST-3000-3: Queer Super Objects

Spring 2022

Subject: Upper Level Interdisciplinary Studio
Type: Workshop
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Level: Undergraduate

Campus: San Francisco
Course Dates: January 18, 2022 — May 08, 2022
Meetings: Sat 10:00AM-04:00PM, San Francisco - Main Building - N17
Instructor: John de Fazio

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 14/15 Waitlist


Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studios extend a student's cross-school experience from Core Studio up into their upper division years. 3 units of Interdisciplinary Studio are required of all majors and must be completed in the junior or senior year. This advanced level studio is thematic in nature. Technical demonstrations are paired with thoughtful readings, seminar discussions and ambitious projects. Collaboration, experimentation and presentation skills are developed in concert with critical thinking.Section Description: This topic based course “Queer Super Objects” explores the evolving history of LGBTQ+ iconography translated into physical forms. The Rainbow Flag designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, commissioned by Harvey Milk, is a prime example of a group idea that crossed mediums in forms of graphics, jewelry, fashion, ceramics and public art. Inventing a visual language to symbolize counter-cultural identity was an artist driven responsibility since the Stonewall Riots in 1969. The Names Project Aids Quilt still involves thousands of participants sewing memorial quilts to exhibit in public spaces like the Mall in Washington DC. Inter-disciplinary projects will address Queer Representation with assignments to design and fabricate an inclusive platform for non-conformists. 
Technical demos and in-person workshops will focus on mixed media approaches for making prototypes, molds and casting editions using both traditional materials and recycled objects. Asynchronous research will include readings, documentary films and Pop Culture updates. Weekly slide lectures on Out Queer Artists since the 1890’s, (Oscar Wilde as a starting point ) will explore the decade by decade cultural breakthroughs in Art and Politics to inform a sense of Queer History. A final collaborative project will engage students to integrate their personal creativity into a tangible monument marking 50 years of Queerness with a new generation’s concerns.

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