Professor Gediminas Urbonas
TA: Ursula August
E15-001 (The ACT Cube)
U: HASS-A. G: H-level
The first day of class will be on Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30am in E15-001 (The ACT
Cube). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This course focuses on the production of art for public space and conceptually deals
with new modes of public art that shift the discussion on public space toward
discourse on the environment by unpacking, reevaluating, and recombining the notion
of the Anthropocene.
The subject will be organized around research and design for a public art
intervention on the site of a recently decommissioned United States Naval Air
Station in Iceland. From the perspective of both crisis and possibility, the class
will consider attempts to develop sustainable culture, environment, and enterprise
in a post-NATO and post- economic meltdown environment. Working towards “cleaning
up”, the course seeks a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries–with parallel
experiences and work–in order to develop critical strategies, methods, and actions
toward social and ecological transformation.
There is a mandatory travel component to Iceland for the class during spring break.
The itinerary will include meeting with scholars and artists, exploring the site,
researching the technology relevant to the location, and finally, modelling and
implementing an artistic intervention.
Students will propose projects and develop them from an initial concept to an actual
rustic engagement in the public realm. To support students’ work there will be group
discussions, presentations, and individual meetings, as well as visits by guest
lecturers, practitioners, and scholars in the field. Readings will include work by
Gaston Bachelard, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Timothy Morton, Vilém Flusser,
Elizabeth Grosz, Michel Serres, and Jill Bennett. Students from all backgrounds are
encouraged to enroll. Class size limited to 12.