Feet to the Fire: The Art and Science of Climate Change
Spring 2010 not offered
DANC 109, E&ES 109
This intensive, interdisciplinary course melds scientific and choreographic inquiry in pursuit of one of the most important topics facing society: climate change due to global warming. This course will include both classroom and laboratory sessions. Our laboratory will be Middletown's landfill. The landfill, less than two miles from campus, dominates the landscape and flood plain of the north end of Middletown. It is a perfect laboratory within which to explore the effects of climate change on both wilderness and urban landscapes using the lenses of science and choreography. For example, the contents of the landfill afford the opportunity to explore the climatic consequences of consumerism, energy use, CO2, and methane production. With an emphasis on the body and its relationship with its environment, participants will have an opportunity to consider the multiple layers of histories, time, and memory layered within the landfill and the continuing impact of this changing environment on the body. Students will learn modern scientific and kinesthetic tools for assessing environmental conditions and ecological responses changing in time and space. The methods of scientific deduction and choreographic composition will be applied to metaphor and meaning of climate change. The experience is intended to reciprocally illuminate artistic and scientific practices in pursuit of common goals, renewed pathways of inquiry, perception, and ideas. The course will meet for 2-3 hours once per week from the beginning of the semester until spring break and then will meet all day long each weekday of spring break. After spring break, we will meet as a class and then individually with teams of students in preparation for a symposium on our joint science and art projects.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Houghton, J. 2005. GLOBING WARMING;
plus primary articles, critical art essays and films.
|Examinations and Assignments:
Homework plus a joint science-dance team project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Students with interdisciplinary perspectives and an openness to learn both science and dance will be preferred. During the spring break (March 10-21, 2008), students must remain on campus to work intensively--no exceptions.
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