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Ways of Knowing: The Use of Creative Research and Artmaking Practices
DANC 245
Spring 2014 not offered

This course will engage students in original creative research on the topic of origins. How can we apply the tools of rigorous artistic inquiry, including improvisation, synthesis, modes of expression, and production values, to the investigation of other disciplines? Does the application of these processes affect a deeper comprehension of the subject matter? In the first part of this course, students will assemble and experience creative research methods that support the pursuit, arrangement, and demonstration of knowledge. We will use tools developed at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange over the past 30 years that engage creative research as a basic means of discovery, learning, and building curiosity and basic comprehension. We will work together using methods that draw on varied artistic disciplines including processes for discovering and generating content, shaping, sequencing, and structuring work; applying contrast, repetition, and variation; working with narrative, representation, and abstraction. Engaging in direct assignments, students will conduct research, produce raw material, and engage in collaboration in crafting interim and final assignments.

In the second part, students will investigate the various means of expressing knowledge and analyze the impact these forms have on the understanding of the maker, as well as on the intended audience, whether through book or blog, digital or live, private or public performance. Students will be expected to produce two different outcomes that demonstrate their research into the topic, which may include, but are not limited to, a text-and-movement solo, environmental installation, written op-ed piece, mini video documentary, graphic novelization, and poster art. These projects will undergo editing and critical analysis based on the critical response process. Finally, we will observe the impact on our understanding of the topic as a result of these multiple formulations.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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