AMST 101 Spring 2013 Artists Respond to Dangerous Times (D)

Cross Listed as ARTS101
This introductory studio art course focuses on how contemporary time-based artists engage their historical moment. We will look ways in which language, performance, and the moving image can be used to reckon with the forces that historical events and conditions press upon us as citizens, art makers, and living beings, and think about art-making as a dialogical social force that has the potential to press back. Students will develop their own video, performance, or written work in this vein. The course will give special consideration to particular forms of artist-made film and video: the essay film, activist/grassroots/social media, and performance-based and narrative media that reflect on historical events and the ongoing present. We will look at a variety of work, including: Fiona Banner, Catherine Bigelow, Wafaa Bilal, Nao Bustamante, Paul Chan, Adam Curtis, Jean-Luc Godard, Danny Glover, Dara Greenwald, Sharon Hayes, Spike Lee, Zoe Leonard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Anna Deveare Smith, Lisa Steele, Agnes Varda, The Yes Men, Haskell Wexler, and collectives including ACT UP, Pink Bloque, TVTV, and Occupy Wall Street. Readings will include work by Margaret Atwood, Jerome Bruner, Judith Butler, Gregg Bordowitz, Joan Didion, George Lipsitz, Chantal Mouffe, Paul Virilio, David Foster Wallace, among others.
Class Format: studio
Requirements/Evaluation: students will produce three short videos, essayistic or fictional non-academic written works, or action/performance works; evaluation will be based primarily on these works and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first- and second-year students
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Material and Lab Fees: lab fee TBD will be added to the student's term bill
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTS
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3554
AMST101-01(S) STU Artists Respnd to Dangros Time (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Joshua Thorson
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Spencer 216 3554
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