The Observational Practices Lab’s mission is to create dialogue about observational practices across disciplinary boundaries. We are focused on the questions of how observational practices work, what different disciplines might learn from another’s approaches to observation and which methods are best suited to initiate a new view of our everyday reality. Can observation itself create new communities? The lab is co-directed by Pascal Glissmann and Selena Kimball; situated at Parsons School of Design in New York.
The multi-phase project and investigation, OBJECT AMERICA, explores the idea of “America” through everyday objects as a response to an administration trying to “Make America Great Again”. 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.
This is the lab’s first workshop situated outside of the US. As an experimental Berlin-based satellite, it serves a platform to discuss and share observational practices in order to find out hidden narratives about “America” — but also to shift perception within one's own creative process. After an introduction to the project, participants will explore, apply and create observational methods within the thematic clusters of Senses, Specialized Instruments and Speculation.
Participants are expected to bring:
Pascal Glissmann is a designer, media-artist, educator and founder of the studio subcologne. He is currently Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, New York. He has been Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese-American University, Beirut, Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong, and researcher/lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Pascal holds an MFA in Media Arts/Media Design from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
at Weserstrasse 56
Friday 17 July 2020 at 18:00h
at Veteranenstraße 21
Sunday 12 July 2020 at 21:00h
at The whole of Kreuzberg
Saturday 11 July 2020 at 12:00h