AMST 101
Artists Respond to Dangerous Times Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 101 / ARTS 101
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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.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2019
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
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
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students
Materials/Lab Fee: lab fee TBD will be added to the student's term bill
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 101 Division II ARTS 101 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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