GSAPP Spring 2012: Memory Bank- re-valuing Loss, re-prioritizing Value
While operating within intertwined constraints, urban life is fluid. Fluidity spans a gradient from fine, dewy mist to deluge; from nearly imperceptible change to wildly unpredictable, unhinged conditions. This volatility invigorates, mystifies, and at times overwhelms. Work this semester will thrive in a context of mutable states pulsing through austere limits.
Banking has recently undergone seemingly radical re-structuring, rescue, de-valuation, collapse, absorption, occupation, and takeover...yet it has retained a power structure with vast influence over societal priorities—both local and global. Power is a distorted reflection of value and ethics. Distorted priorities undermine crucial measures of progress, while socio-political values shift, swell and fade in response to anxiety, context, expectation and stimulus. By critically re-defining ‘value’ students are/were asked to qualify and give new agency to notions of leverage, profit, assets, and liabilities.