Southeastern College Art Conference 2014 will hold a session "The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design." Modernism's post-World War I fascination with machines and technology — in architecture, industrial design, the decorative arts, and fashion — dissipated in the 1930s, replaced by a valorization of handicraft and a reemergence of the human subject. Where the machine aesthetic dominated design in the early 1920s, artists grew disenchanted with the signs of industry in the 1930s, focusing instead on the human subject, and crafting work to show the "hand" of the maker. The session solicits papers that examine the precarious dynamics of industry and the hand-made in the applied arts between the wars.
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