ARTS 226
Hyperobjects and the Mundane Fall 2019
Division I

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Through the photographic medium and the latest Do-It-Yourself trends, this intermediate photography class will explore object-oriented ontology and the notion of “Hyperobjects,” or objects that transcend the local by massively spanning time and space. This class will use DIY techniques and mundane objects and materials as a tool to build models, sculptures and installations that will later on be photographed in the studio and outdoors. The creation of these 3D spaces, virtual or public, propose replications and low-budget prototypes resembling miniature versions of Hyperobjects in transient spaces. Using science-fiction references and mythology we will attempt to document and/or create a space that is invisible or has not yet been experienced by the world. What does ecological philosophy currently look like, and (how) will it translate after the end of the world through the remaining photographic image and media? This class will search for, invent, and document Hyperobjects – entities of vast temporal/spatial dimensions that defeat traditional ideas of what a thing, object or photograph is.
The Class: Type: This class will include time in the outdoors as well as context-based learning through field trips.
Limit: none
Expected: 12
Class#: 2003
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: This class will be evaluated via individual and collaborative assignments and accompanying writing components.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Photography
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors (juniors or seniors)
Materials/Lab Fee: $250 standard lab fee charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I

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