Interrogative Design Workshop

The Utterlounge by Kate James.

Kate James' final project, the Utterlounge, is a chaise lounge designed with an attached sound conduit. (Image courtesy of Kate James.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

4.370

As Taught In

Fall 2005

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

"Parrhesia" was an Athenian right to frank and open speaking, the right that, like the First Amendment, demands a "fearless speaker" who must challenge political powers with criticism and unsolicited advice. Can designer and artist respond today to such a democratic call and demand? Is it possible to do so despite the (increasing) restrictions imposed on our liberties today? Can the designer or public artist operate as a proactive "parrhesiatic" agent and contribute to the protection, development and dissemination of "fearless speaking" in Public Space?

Wodiczko, Krzysztof. 4.370 Interrogative Design Workshop, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/architecture/4-370-interrogative-design-workshop-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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