Visual and Material Culture: Course

Dysfunctional Objects

Lavi Liat, Dr., Semester 1, Wednesday, 14:00-17:00
The course “Dysfunctional Objects” is a theoretical and practical research lab concerned with the functional state of objects and divergences from it. We will discuss functionality and dysfunctionality in philosophical and sociological contexts, ask how objects become bearers of meanings, and explore the relationships between object and culture and object and body. Among other issues we will discuss the relations between art and design, the ready-made in art, speculative, critical and dysfunctional design, and relational aesthetics. Every course session will include a group discussion, workshop style activity, in the course of which we will meet objects, dissemble, assemble, merge, dismantle, revive and crash objects, and discuss practical group assignments.