The great problems lie in the streets (Friedrich Nietzsche)
This course focuses on a set of issues concerning art in and about urban space. These include: public art commissions and their communities; protest; graffiti; homelessness; collaboration and alternative spaces; gentrification; Boricua identity and culture; and the relationship to the other spaces of the suburb and the net. Through these topics we will explore cross cultural encounters, particularly between racialised ‘street’ culture and high art; meet less-than-well-known artists and critics sparring with the canon; and look at exciting ways in which practice has been – and might be – undertaken. Needless to say, this is an art history that traces and yet substantially reframes established histories of art in the United States in the period after 1975.
This ten week course begins with an introductory session, an overview of the weeks and a discussion of course requirements. The final week will be dedicated to essay tutorials. Essay questions will be released on week six.
This course introduces the current and emerging discourses of the Anthropocene era, which now recognises humans as the dominant influence over planetary change. The course will present a brief historical overview of art and activism with specific focus on participatory practices and the intersection of art and life. This will lead into an introduction to the current discourses of the Anthropocene and its influences on art theory and practice.
Drawing on my own research into climate science and interdisciplinary practice (working with the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at UCL), the course will investigate how historical influences can inform current and future artistic responses to human impact on the planet.
Due to its entanglement with social, political and cultural fields the Anthropocene demands a broad and diverse response to ecological issues; environmentalism becomes embedded in the fabric of interdisciplinary critique. This course aims to address how artists and theorists are making contributions to this discourse. Group work will explore how we situate ourselves within these discussions and might imagine our own archaeologies of the future.
- Course Administrator: Larne Abse Gogarty
- Course Administrator: Lou Adkin
- Course Administrator: Melanie Counsell
- Course Administrator: Grace Fan
- Course Administrator: Emily Furnell
- Course Administrator: Jenny Goh
- Course Administrator: Brighid Lowe
- Course Administrator: Clare Meckled-Szembek
- Course Administrator: Tom Mole
- Course Administrator: Jayne Parker
- Course Administrator: Karin Ruggaber
- Course Administrator: Joy Sleeman
- Course Administrator: Andrew Stahl
- Course Administrator: Estelle Thompson
- Course Administrator: Joe Tilley