ARTH 318
Environmentalism in Experimental Media, Art and Politics, 1960s to Present Spring 2023
Division I

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Over the semester we will address historical and contemporary debates on environmental politics from the critical perspective of artists, activists, and scholars from the 1960s to today. Organized thematically, this course addresses the aesthetics and politics of environmentalism alongside larger debates in the visual arts–including decolonial practices, globalization, conceptualism, collaboration and authorship, aesthetic reception, and the artistic transmission of ideas. We will place particular focus on lens-based and moving-image media practices with respect to the conceptualization of nature, as well as delve into the interrelation of materials and media in our greater cultural reckoning with climate change and environmental justice. Experiential engagement in the forms of screenings, group assignments, and the creation of site-specific and creative works in all media will amplify our art and media historical study of environmental politics in the public sphere. Students will also conduct independent research and essay writing in order to analyze the way we interpret, engage, alter, and mediate the natural world.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3542
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Bi-monthly response papers (2 pages); participation in class and online forums; one 6-8 page paper; and a final media documentation project with accompanying written concept (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Art History and Studio Art Majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH post-1800 Courses

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