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Fragmenting Modernism, Deconstructing Postmodernism: Design, Architecture, and Film

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Postmodernism has preoccupied artists, designers, scholars, theorists, and critics who acknowledge the problems of the modernist project. Postmodernist ideas reflect a critical shift in the practice of culture and consumption and in the understanding of concepts such as history or ideology. This seminar examines postmodernism as a cultural phenomenon and explores its particular role in design and in the writing of design history and criticism during the last thirty years. The work of individual architects, craftspeople, and industrial designers, as well as firms and groups, is considered within its complex cultural and theoretical context. Thematic subjects include the consumption of popular culture and kitsch, the discourse of nostalgia, semiotics, feminism, and deconstruction. 3 credits.