Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines recent past and current strategies and tactics of how artists are contributing to critical creative research and problem solving through the "expanding fields" of relational aesthetics, intervention and design innovation. Students will participate in a studio practical where they engage an issue or problem and as active agents, design an approach or campaign to investigate and affect change. Through mediums of choice, this may include the production of objects, images, assemblages and systems, media, public art, social interface, text, environments and sound. Students may work in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and/or independent modes.
Selected readings include Walter Benjamin, Suzi Gablick, Grant Kester, Gilles Deleuze, Paul Virilio, Nicholas Bourriaud, Mary Jane Jacobs, William McDonough, Nato Thompson, Buckminister Fuller, Augusto Boal, Greg Sholette, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Artist: Luis Camnitzer, Gordon Matta Clark, Suzzane Lacy, Walid Raad, Mel Chin, Jackie Sumell, Group Material, William Pope L., the YES Men, David Rakowitz, Weiwei and Metahaven, to name just a few.
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