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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PGFA 5300
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Visual Arts
- Cultural Studies
- Visual Culture
These electives will enable students not only to comprehend the complexity of their respective media but also to develop appropriate forms to spatialize their ideas and actualize work in form of an exhibition or installation. The following studio options will be offered in the spring 2014 semester:
Somatic Turf / The Body in Art: This class will build an exquisite corpse of thought and practice that examines the role of the body in contemporary art. From anus to mouth, we will dissect and reconfigure the interior and exterior territories of the body. Students will be expected to develop the physical and emotional resonance of their individual practices through a variety of body-centric principles such as gesture, weight, and intuition. We will explore a cross-pollination of non-artistic influences and conditions placed on the body by society, culture, and politics. In addition, this class will look at an art historical narrative in which the body is a sensory system for the reception and production of work. This class considers topics as diverse as fitness, prosthesis, viruses, sexuality, labor, and primal therapy. Students participating in this class should have an invested interest in expanding their formal and conceptual relationship to notions of the body.
Painting: This elective combines the approach of a seminar with a "critique course," in effort to investigate critical issues in contemporary painting. Although students are not required to maintain a painting practice, the course will focus on the medium and its various deaths and rebirths, ultimately exploring painting's current position as a critical medium in contemporary art. Painting will be explored within its own complex syntax and history, and discussed in relation to other current practices. Within this framework the class will encourage a wide diversity of practice and interpretation, innovation, and experimentation on the part of students. Advanced technical skills will be discussed and explored, to extend the student's individual capacities in that regard.
Entangled in the Eco-Social Network: This transdisciplinary course will investigate how an ecological perspective can deepen one’s creative practice. We will critically examine assumptions about embodiment and individual identity, investigate how systems thinking resituates the concept of the “human,” and analyze the ecological implications of one’s own studio practice. These ideas will be explored within the context of each student’s respective studio practices. In addition, the classroom will be extended to local neighborhoods for field study through documentation practices, visual and auditory mapping, drawing, and video.
3D: This course will focus on the concepts and practice of making work in 3D. Unlike a techniques-driven workshop, we will deal with the interdependent relationship between conceptual thinking and the making of sculpture. Ideas will be explored through discussions, concurrent with hands on practical implementation. Emphasis will be placed on the individual exploration of concepts through experimentation with materials.
Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission of the MFA Fine Arts program.
Open to Graduate students.