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UDIST-3000-9: Queer Super Objects (Hybrid)

Spring 2021

Subject: Upper Level Interdisciplinary Studio
Type: Workshop
Delivery Mode: Hybrid
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: January 25, 2021 — May 09, 2021
Meetings: Wed 10:00-11:55AM
Instructor: John de Fazio

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 10/0 Closed


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 DescriptionThis 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 ‘in-person’ 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. This course will meet both in-person and online. Students must be able to attend the in-person component in order to enroll in the course. The in-person components of this section will meet in San Francisco and will have hands-on technical workshops that include casting plaster and mold-making. Students who are unable to meet the in-person requirements of the course should be enrolled in an online-only course. Hybrid course sections will be delivered both online and in-person. Required online synchronous meeting times are listed as the meeting pattern for this course section. Additional course components will be delivered asynchronously or in-person as outlined in the syllabus. 

  • A student enrolled in a hybrid course can only meet the in-person requirements with physical presence.
  • The in-person component is integral to successful completion of the course. 
  • All students enrolled in the hybrid course are subject to the same in-person requirements. Students that are unable to meet the in person requirements of the course should be enrolled in an online only course.

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