ARTS 303
Public Address System: Art, Language, Action Fall 2021
Division I

Class Details

This interdisciplinary tutorial engages the role of language in art, as students examine the role of text, speech, and gesture within their own work. The course engages the material and transformative effects of language in and alongside artworks, exploring the link between words and actions, the convergence of personal and political through speech and writing, and the role of the reader/viewer/receiver. Students engage a wide range of tactics for working with language within and alongside creative studio practices, through coursework that combines intensive studio work, writing, reading, and discussion. The tutorial format allows for a wide variety of media and approaches. Students will meet weekly with a peer and the professor to review work, as well as several sessions where the entire class will meet for presentation, critique, and discussion. The course demands significant outside studio time as well as maintaining a regular writing practice for the duration of the course. Emphasis is on the creation of an original body of artwork. Assignments include several independent studio projects (8 short assignments and 1 major final assignment) independent studio projects that engage language (text, speech, gesture) and weekly writing meditations (1-3 pages in length). Weekly writing meditations engage the text score, hybrid essay, film essay, memoir, and auto-fiction, auto-theory, paying close attention to repetition, difference, codes, systems of signification.
The Class: Format: studio; Students will meet weekly with a peer and the professor to review work, as well as several sessions where the entire class will meet for presentation, critique, and discussion.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1884
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Quality of work produced, engagement with investigative process in studio assignments and writing meditations, participation in critique and discussion, class citizenship, attendance.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to art majors, seniors, and juniors in that order. If overenrolled there will be a waiting list.
Materials/Lab Fee: $150
Distributions: Division I

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