Course: 60280 - Introduction to Contextual Practice
Times: T/TH 1.30pm - 4.20 pm
Location: Pedercini: CFA 310 /Mannino: DH B304 / Weleski CFA 303/307
Contacts: Instructors: A Paolo Pedercini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
B Joe Mannino (email@example.com)
C Dawn Weleski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GAs: B Lee Webster (email@example.com)
C Joy Poulard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SYNOPSIS OF CLASS
For some time now art has moved out of gallery and museum spaces and into all facets of public life, where complex social situations and diverse audiences have become important parts of the work. In the past this might have been called Public Art, but today new strategies are being used that challenge public art's tradition of static sculptures and embrace more dynamic forms of public engagement.
As its name implies, Contextual Practice embraces the context or social conditions in which an artwork exists as part of the material of that work. Evolving out of the history of site-specific, conceptual, and performance art practices, Contextual Practice covers a range of exciting new methods to making art in the public including (but not limited to): street art, interactive social media, environmental art, hacktivism, participatory art, guerilla performance, project-based community art, and urban interventions. Students in this field-based class will create projects that work with the social dynamics of a variety of on and off-campus and online public contexts. We will research new trends in public engagement through art, architecture, and design, as well as politics, ecology, sociology, and economics.
Fundamentally, this class asks students to experiment with how their art practice can intersect directly with the real world (outside of the traditional art venues) and how they can proactively create new sites and audiences for their work.
Attendance is a must! Come to class on time and ready to actively participate. We will cover a lot of material in this semester. More than 3 unexcused absences constitute a full letter grade reduction. Three late arrivals counts as one absence.
Your active participation in class critiques and discussions is also of the utmost importance. Lack of engagement in class discussion will adversely affect your grade.
You are required to document all of your projects and have the documentation posted to the blog at least 8 hours before the start class (on the due date). We will discuss documentation formats in class.
10% One Shot Performance (project & documentation)
20% Place Project (project & documentation)
20% Participation Project (project & documentation)
20% Change Project (project & documentation)
10% Sophomore Review
10% Blog Posts
10% Class Participation
A – Overall excellent performance. Work demonstrates extraordinary dedication, innovation & execution. Regular class attendance and high-level of participation. Evidences a commitment to learning and art making beyond course requirements.
B – Very good work and execution, but may need some improvement. Regular class attendance and participation. Presents timely completion of assignments and projects. Work at above average expectation for course requirements.
C – Generally meets course requirements. Completes assignments with reasonable execution. Acceptable work, but doesn’t evidence inquiry beyond conventional boundaries.
D – Unacceptable work and overall poor class performance. Improvement required at all levels.
F – Failure
Official university language: Take care of yourself. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress.
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