Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.02.2020 - 14.02.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Sofia Pantouvaki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible teacher: Susanna Suurla, susanna.suurla@aalto.fi

Course teacher: Marta Jiménez Salcedo, hello@martajimenez.info

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

no teaching in 2018-2019

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of the course, the students are able to:

-Identify different costume design perspectives, methods and approaches in different cultures and artistic fields

-Recognise and understand similarities and differences in the work of designers from varying perspectives and areas of specialization

-Collaborate in multi-disciplinary, multimodal and multi-cultural creative teams

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course enhances the exploration of the Art of Costume Design in live and mediated events.

Visiting professors, artists or designers give a course about their own working methods and different ways of working as a designer in variable production areas, scales and cultures.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

PRETASK

Please note, the course includes a pre task that each
student should carry out before the first meeting of the course; Read about the history of Commedia
dell Arte as well as about some specific characters
(Doctor Balanzone, Colombina, Florindo, Pulcinella,
Stenterello, Captain Spavento, Arleccino, Brighela
and Guanduia) briefly. At the beginning of the work-
shop your will choose one of these personalities to
base your project on.


DESCRIPTION

After a deep understanding of the different char-
acters at Commedia dell Arte (Comedy of Art) and
their psychological traits, the students are expected
to transfer these archetypical personalities into
abstract portable structures that interact with the
body, the space and possibly with the audience.

In order to explain the nature of the characters
widely, these sculptural costumes will own the
quality of being transformable, becoming leaving
structures that can experiment different physical
states. The potential movement that will be per-
formed must be considered a designing element
that conducts the project from the beginning.

With the aim of helping the participants to over-
step the human silhouette, the project will be
undertaken in pairs. The costume will be designed
to integrate two bodies (outside, within, in be-
tween...).

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, circa 1680.
Nicolás Bonnart

The performers will operate as dynamic mecha-
nisms that activate the structures.

The basic material that will be used for the task is
scaffolding net in three different colors that will
be distributed to the teams along the process. It
is essential to understand the aesthetic and con-
structive possibilities of the material; experiment
with it, manipulate it and create the own practical
strategies that are necessary for each costume.

The results of the investigation will be shown at
the end of the week in a collaborative action. We
will put into dialogue the objects, the bodies in
movement and the space to create a costume based
performance proposal.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students' development during the course, motivation, independent and group work outcomes, attendance and active participation in discussions.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Motivation and active participation. Capacity of
analysis and synthesis. Experimentation. Collabora-
tive and independent outcomes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • An understanding of costume as a system that
    integrates garment-objet, movement, body and
    performance context.

  • A capacity of articulate costume design concepts
    from an abstract and symbolic perspective.

  • A development of an exploratory creative

    method of simultaneous thinking building and

    performing.

  • A development of structural and material

    thinking.

  • Experimentation with the costumed body into

    a performance context: effects of time, move-

    ment and space.

  • A capability of working within a creative team

    contextualizing your ideas and practice into a
    collective performance project.


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course enhances the exploration of the Art of Costume Design in live and mediated events.

Visiting professors, artists or designers give a course about their own working methods and different ways of working as a designer in variable production areas, scales and cultures.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Contact teaching 25h + independent work 15h + pretask 12h = 2 cr

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Specific literature will be informed separately.

Texts used in the course will be handed out during the courses.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

METHODOLOGY

• Synthesize essential concepts in relation to the
psychology of the characters and try to avoid a
descriptive perspective in your design process.
Deconstruct human silhouette.

• Think and design through the hands; How can
the material be manipulated and modify to ex-
press some aspects of the character personality
(in terms of volume, texture, shapes...).

• Think and design through the body; Explore
movement and transformation in space, in-
vestigate how the bodies are related with the
costume and how the costumes are related with
the space (consider actions like fold and unfold,
compress and expand, twist, bend, rotate, flip
over...).

• Use the costumed body as a dynamic tool to
experience space in multiple ways.

• Focus in your own piece while considering the
whole project a unity to be presented as a col-
laborative action.


Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=ELO-E6506

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pass-Fail

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi registration

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will be accepted to the course in the following order:

-Students of costume design major

- Exchange students of costume design

- Minor students of costume design, whose major is production design or design for the performing arts

- Minor students of costume design, whose major is another than production design or design for the performing arts

- Other students of production design and design for the performing arts

- Other students of the department of Film, Television and Scenography

- Other students

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Monday to Thursday 9:15-17:00 and Friday 9:15-16:00 at the Costume Workshop in Otakaari 7.

Please see the exact schedule from the course plan. The plan can be found under the materials section for the course.

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