Interrogative Design Workshop OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Design Technology Course

Published Jan 07, 2009

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Can a technological design also be a political statement or expression of personal liberty? 'Interrogative Design Workshop,' a free course offered by MIT, challenges students to engage in the modern debate between civil liberties and national security by creating public art that addresses social justice, human rights and free speech. This OpenCourseWare is suited for students of Visual Arts or Graphic Design.

Interrogative Design Workshop: Course Specifics

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Interrogative Design Workshop: Course Description

Public artists and visual designers are in a unique position to make artistic statements about recent concerns about terrorism, marginalized populations and government security policies. This interrogative design course, taught by MIT Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko, asks students to use critical thinking about civil liberties to create new technology that expresses radical democratic beliefs. Through class lectures, guest speakers and projects, students learn about creating art and design that serves as political critique and social commentary. Student projects may be new inventions or alterations of clothing, electronic accessories, or fixed installations that allow the user to interact with his or her social, psychological, and spiritual surroundings in a new way. Guest speakers include specialists at the forefront of social research, technology design, electronic media and computer culture. By the end of this course, students will be able to analyze and create artistic design using theories of civil disobedience, 'fearless speech' and radical democracy. This free OpenCourseWare is intended for students interested in a master's degree in Visual Arts or Graphic Design.

This OpenCourseWare provides selected readings, video presentations, student presentations and an online image gallery of student projects. If you are interested in this free course, view the interrogative design course page.

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