This class seeks to track modernism's lineage of subjectivity to understand how our changing conceptions of the subject has affected our understanding and perception of space. In contrast to the enlightenment ideal of a sovereign, independently formed subject we will be considering a subject that is eternally in the process of being formed (and reformed) in relation to its physical, social and cultural environments. Space is thus no longer seen as autonomous and abstract, as represented by the infinite and undifferentiated Cartesian grid, but rather as being fraught with the drives and desires that motivate an embodied subject as it encounters both its environment and the various others with whom it coexists. We will consider how these various perceptions of space are produced in contemporary art and design. As a class, we will be reading and discussing primary source texts by recent and contemporary artists and philosophers, critical analysis of these texts along with artists' statements about how each of these spatial conceptualizations migrates from the text to become a built environmental experience. The semester will be divided into discrete topical sections that emphasize a particular trend of thought.