Deconstruction, to Jacques Derrida, is not a theory applying to a text; instead, a text deconstructs itself. In Are We Human?: Notes on an Archaeology of Design, Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley write, “[Design’s] attempt to smooth over all the worries and minimize any friction always fails, in the same way that almost every minute of daily life is organized by the unsuccessful attempt to bury the unconscious. We need to put design on the couch. Design is filled by what it wants to hide.” How can design inspire us to read art in a deconstructive way. How possible can art deconstruct itself? And how this deconstruction in art helps us to understand deconstruction in philosophy?
No prior knowledge is needed. This course is a continuation of the previous courses on art and cultural theory, but/and it is also a standalone one. This course is on deconstruction; or, this course already deconstructs itself. We are going to discuss the following topics (subject to change):
(1) Footnotes: The Art of a Dangerous Supplement (2) Inside and Outside of a Painting (3) On Film (4) Deconstructivist Architecture (5) Tradition and Deconstruction
Dr. FONG Ho Yin
Dr. FONG Ho Yin teaches literary and cultural studies in various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. He is writing a book tentatively entitled as Walking Everyday Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei in Literary and Cultural Studies. He received a PhD degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong in 2007.
19/9/2022 – 17/10/2022 (MON)
No Class on 26/9/2022
7:30pm – 9:30pm