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Action: Art, Politics, Counterpublics
ARST 265
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

In this interdisciplinary studio course, we explore action as a category of art practice. What does it mean to take action, either individually or collectively? What does it mean to refuse to take action? Through a series of projects, assignments, and discussions, we work through a range of possibilities, drawing on methods from social practice, public intervention, performance, institutional critique, and experimental film and video. While the course is organized primarily around the production of student projects, time will be devoted to discussion of historic and contemporary examples, including the historic avant-gardes (Dada, Constructivism), feminist film and performance, Happenings/Fluxus, Indigenous performance art, and work connected to political organizing such as the Black Panther Party, United Farm Workers, the Young Lords, ACT-UP, Art Workers' Coalition, and Gulf Labor. Students will be trained in camera operation, sound recording, and video editing. Trips to contemporary exhibitions and presentations by visiting artists will provide a theoretical framework for student projects. Work in this class can be created individually or in collaboration with social or political groups.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARST)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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