This course offers an introduction to key concepts and practices integral to the critical study of contemporary western and non-western craft. This course's discussions will centre people, place, and time; situating the class (ourselves) in the social and cultural context of Mi'kma'ki today, engaging with local and global practices and ideas from this situated place. This course surveys and considers innovative and ground breaking contemporary craft practices and technologies; labour issues in the production of craft for gallery systems and/or consumer markets; craft discourse and pressing community conversations; and critical methodologies for creating craft, researching and writing about craft, and curating craft. A series of key concepts will be explored in order to fully engage with issues integral to contemporary craft discourse, such as decolonizing modern craft, gendered modes of production - professionalism and amateurism, biases that inform western hierarchies of cultural value, and intersectional analyses of difference.
This course is a part of the NSCAD University credit curriculum. Audit students are not required to complete course assignments or take examinations and do not receive an evaluation, critiques, or a grade. Audit students may, with the approval of the instructor, participate in class discussions and work. Audit courses do not count towards full-time status, graduation requirements, or eligibility for any financial aid.