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CULT 3601 Art Action and Environment Fall 2018
Prof. Karin Cope
Meets: Mondays 1300h-1600h Classroom: G219, Fountain Campus, Halifax. Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: Centered on the notion of arts-based “fieldwork,” this research/creation course is designed as a critical engagement with contemporary environmentally-focused social practice, land-based, and activist art on the one hand, and the rapidly expanding fields of ecological criticism, feminist materialism and environmental justice, on the other. What is the history of the notion of “ecology”? What about the “Anthropocene,” the “more-than-human” sphere, or “geologic time”? When we speak of the arts and culture as “sustainable” undertakings are we right? (Sustainable for whom? When? Where?) How might we measure our carbon footprint(s), or think through our relations to water? What is “plant-thinking”? Why should thinking about race, class, gender and poverty be at the center of contemporary reflections on the environment?
In addition to regular readings, short practice-based research and writing assignments, and conversations with contemporary artists and curators, students will develop strategies for visualizing, activating and transforming key critical environmental ideas and themes; all students will have the opportunity to develop and carry out final individual or collaborative projects in the media or mode of their choice. Open to any interested students from all majors and practices.
Format: Seminar/discussion, workshop/studio
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