4.370 Interrogative Design Workshop

Fall 2005

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.)

Course Highlights

This course features a set of exemplary video lectures as well as a selection of student projects and images in the image gallery.

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?

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm and .ram.

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Prof. Krzysztof Wodiczko

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session