Portable Nature (DA4112.01)

Farhad Mirza
Portable Nature is a collaborative course between students from Bennington College and students from the school of Art, Media + Technology at Parsons School of Design. It begins with the notion that nature is a constantly evolving and negotiated experience between humans and their environments. What we consider to be ‘natural’ is cultural, simultaneously managed and imagined. The pairing of Bennington and New York City presents two distinct environments—neither more natural than the other. This course expands on this idea to explore how certain characteristics of an environment can be transported to and cared for by someone from a different place. Through observation, digital and analog record-keeping, small design interventions, and the creation of objects and digital spaces, students will assess which parts of their respective locations (and lives) can become portable and learn more about those parts that can not. 

Learning Outcomes:
-Studying subject matter by making objects
-Working effectively with people at another institution
-Presenting complex ideas collaboratively, and with other people

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: A statement of interest including 5 images of relevant work (digital, or other), and permission of the instructor.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Digital Arts , Fully In-Person