Faculty Member Sumita Chakravarty is Invited to be Part of the Multi-Disciplinary Workshop, ObjectAmerica
Faculty member Sumita Chakravarty is invited to be part of the multi-disciplinary workshop, ObjectAmerica. For more information, click here.
The Observational Practices Lab, Parsons, (co-directed by Pascal Glissmann and Selena Kimball) launches a multi-phase project and investigation, OBJECTAMERICA, to explore the idea of “America” through everyday objects. The aim is to use comparative research and observational methods—which may range from the scientific to the absurd—to expose unseen histories and speculate about the future of the country as a concept. The contemporary global media landscape is fast-moving and undercut by “fake news” and “alternative facts” which demands that students and researchers build a repertoire of strategies to assess and respond to sources of information.
For the first phase of OBJECT AMERICA launching in the fall of 2017, we invited Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, to choose an object for this investigation which she believed would represent “America” into the future (she chose the Model 500 Telephone by Henry Dreyfuss designed in 1953).
Researchers will investigate this object through different disciplinary lenses — including art, climate science, cultural geography, data visualization, economics, history of mathematics, medicine, media theory, material science, music, poetry, and politics — in order to posit alternative ways of seeing. Their process and findings will be shared in three public events this fall:
October 13, 12-1.30pm
Historian of modern science and mathematics, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College
Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Associate Professor of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement
Empirical applied economist specializing in industrial organization and political economy, and Associate Professor of Economics at Hunter College
Professor of Politics at New School for Social Research
New York City-based Artist and Composer
Short Talks and Discussion
December 1, 12-1.30pm
Artist and designer, and Director of the Center for Data Arts, The New School
Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia University and Adjunct Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)