The Anthropological Foundations of Modern Festivals
The course will focus on various examples of religious ceremonial centers and “secular” festivals to understand the manner that architecture is designed to communicate a message and create a visceral experience.
The initial portion of the class will concisely cover core concepts of religious and anthropological theory, and the manner that these rules have been adapted and applied in modern settings from secular event such as music festivals, amusement parks and even casinos and other entertainment venues. The course will explain the techniques and strategies behind designing a setting to induce subjective feelings of euphoria, group identity and greater meaning. On the basis of this information of sacred concepts of time and space, students will design a setting made to communicate a powerful and singular message. On the broadest level, this course will address the relationship between individual and group subjective experiences in the origin of civilization, and in the design of our modern world. This is an upper division course, however, registration is open to all classes and students with interest in religion, anthropology, sociology, architecture, design, and an academic or personal interest in the experience of festivals.