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Interdisciplinary Studio: Politics of Land and Place
ARST 380
Fall 2021 not offered

Notions of "place" are particularly fraught in North America, where legacies of development and dispossession have etched enduring power relationships onto the land. Contemporary spatial experience is marked by what Mindy Fullilove has called root shock: the reverberating effects of losing one's place and the collective struggle to reclaim it. In this interdisciplinary studio course, we develop artistic responses to the ways in which power shapes the natural and built environment. We look at a range of sites--the home, the city, the border, the wilderness, the commons--as spaces of memory and belonging, sociality and resistance. We explore the ways in which people have engaged with place through a range of forms, including roadside monuments, site-specific sculptures, landscape films, community-based performances, situationist dérives, plein air painting, collective rituals, and political protests. Over the course of the term, students will identify a site in the Lower Connecticut River Valley and develop their own aesthetic language in response to it. These works may take the shape of installations, performances, digital media, or texts, and will draw on our discussions of land art, institutional critique, social practice, and experimental film. While the course is geared primarily toward the development of student projects, our work will be informed by a series of site visits, readings, screenings, and discussions of contemporary land struggles, anticolonial movements, and feminist and indigenous geographies.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARST)

Last Updated on MAY-30-2024
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