Topics: Light-Space Art
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5034
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In 1969 Robert Irwin and James Turrell outlined a new direction for art that identified viewer experience as the critical outcome of creative production and established visual perception of space as a principal concern. Light was recognized as the primary medium for investigating these ideas and the field of light-space art emerged. Combining seminar and studio methods, this course provides students with a better understanding of light-space art and the concepts behind it. The course has three major objectives: (1) to explore light-space art precedent through lectures, research and in-situ review of installed work, (2) to introduce a range of theories relevant to the field, and (3) to investigate perceptual issues of light and space through full scale, hands- on exercises. Prior knowledge of lighting fundamentals and/or contemporary art theory is recommended. A primary focus of fall 2015 coursework is realization of a collaborative student-led design proposal in mid-October. This installation will be featured during a major public event associated with the UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light initiative.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): none.: Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students with permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.