This is my final Ceramics project I used during the presentation to describe relationships between spaces and species. Hope you like it.
First, I would like to say I am impressed with the final presentations thus far—very strong and interesting. I hope that this course has helped in giving you a more critical view of your process and practice.
I also wanted to thank you all for your work and participation this semester. I truly enjoyed our discussions.
Last week there was shamefully low attendance at the lecture. I have noted the absence for those of you who did not attend. This week I expect to see you all at the lecture on Tuesday.
The main reason for this email is make a few points about grading. In a perfect educational system there would be no grades—we would instead have smaller classes where we could meet regularly and talk about your work and the assessment would take the form of dialogue. However, as we all know, the system is flawed and our capitalist ethos demands a grade—a system of ranking without the nuance of elaborate feedback. (Although I would be more than happy to provide feedback on your final projects—just send me an email and I will write with comments over the break.)
As indicated on the syllabus (note: we made some changes to this, agreed upon in our first recitation), your grade is based on the following:
- Weekly discussion and participation (attendance matters): 20%
- Global Now posts (six in total): 25%
- Final presentation (content and style): 25%
- Final project (includes proposal and annotated bibliography): 30%
If you find that your grade is not what you expected, ask yourself if you met the requirements of the Global Now assignments (Did you analyze versus simply summarize? Did you link your posts to readings and ideas from the course and to larger issues in art and design? Was the work carefully prepared?). Consider your attendance and your level of participation in class discussions. Think too about the quality of your final presentation and the project submission (Does this work connect to ideas from the course? Does the work engage larger issues from your discipline/field? Are these connections and discussions developed and clearly presented? Do you go beyond the surface and give depth to your discussion? Is the work well prepared and presented—edited, proofread, and so forth?)
Projects are due when we meet in recitation next week (hard copies only, please). Late papers will not be accepted. If you have questions, let me know.
Below is the schedule for final presentations. Please come early and set up prior to class on the day you are presenting. You will give a 5-10 minute presentation. We will keep time so please rehearse and find a way to convey the essentials in that limited time frame. The final projects are due at our last meeting on Friday, December 14. No late projects will be accepted. Let me know if you have questions.
Week 14 (November 30): Julio, Sung, Alex, Randy, Kaori, Joseph
Week 15 (December 7): Robert, Krystsina, Lucy, Eli, Kathleen, Wei Ching, Jake
Week 16 (December 14): Aubrey, Terrence, Ashley, Natasha, Sang Hup, Olga, Zach
Headline: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Collaboration
Source: The Bullet
Fast fashion in recent years has become a staple in the lives of many. Affordable “designer,” and I am using that term very loosely, clothing has become a staple in many peoples wardrobes. With rising costs in materials and production in a harsh economic climate it seems that fast fashion brands such as H&M are the way to go. When luxury brands collaborate with these fast fashion brands it becomes a major fashion event. Luxury becomes available to the masses, or does it? In H&M’s latest collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela the houses signature conceptual designs are available to the fashionistas of the world without the bottomless wallet to afford the real deal. As in all other forms of design, fashion must transition and morph to meet the needs of people. Balsamo talked about reshaping design and how fast design needs to evolve. The question Margiela raised with this previous collaboration is one of profound importance to all would be future designers. At what time does luxury stop being luxury and start being ordinary. By replacing the usual Margiela quality with cheaper materials, the high-end fashion house is making a statement towards the need for preservation of craft and quaility in fashion.
Primary Lens: Fashion Design
Secondary Lens: The downside to marketing design
From Humble Beginnings
Headline: Monsieur simons: Raf Simons at Dior
After reading this article my faith in a happily ever after in a design related field has been restored. The Vogue article tells of Raf Simons rise from Jil Sander to the Couture world of Christian Dior. This article describes Mr. Simons early humble beginnings, and how hard work and talent out weighed the who you know and where you come from. The article also appeals to Timo Rissensan’s ideal to show process in the work. It is inspiring to see how an artist such as Simons works and creates. It is inspiring to hear of someone from humble beginnings to grow as a designer and become the head of such a prestigious house like Dior.
Primary Lens: Fashion Design
Secondary Lens: Journalism
study of how the US had voted in Presidential elections from 1972- present
This link connects to a series of charts which show how Obama won re-election and how people have voted over time from 1972-the present. it shows how different voter groups have voted be it Republican or Democrat and how often groups have flipped in between the two parties.
Week 12 was the last week to submit the Global Now assignments. As we discussed (a number of times in class), you should have posted a total of six (including the artist statement, but not including the final project proposal) for the semester. These assignments are due by noon the day before we meet for our discussion (that means they should have been submitted by noon today). I counted the ones that came in prior to this post, but am ending the submissions period now. For the remainder of the course, focus on your final projects.