11. COURSE CONTENT :
Course Description: Design, defined most broadly is intentional change (Nelson & Stolterman, 2012) or “changing existing situations into preferred ones” (Simon, 1996, p. 112). In the modern age, design has moved away from products to goods, information and interfaces, with not users in mind so much as consumers, and in a sense, audiences.
Dance also in the broadest terms, can be construed as intentional movement of the human body in space and time. Many contemporary dance practices are not concerned with technique but with the possibilities of movement.
Both dance and design involve the imaginable as well as the realizable, discipline and undiscipline. The student, by examining and inhabiting the space at their intersection, will participate in a dynamic, embodied interaction with the environment to create the artifact, in this case, the performance. The work of art becomes the tool, the functional object to which the design method is applied, remembering, to paraphrase Alva Noe that ‘tools like the rake extend our bodies; tools like dance extend our minds’.
13. ASSESSMENT SCHEME:
Quizzes, Class participation and discussion: 30%
Creative process journal: 10%
Final performance: 30 %
Critical summary based on two readings or performances: 30%