Image + Form II: Reproducibility
Reproducibility (offered with an emphasis on either 2D or 3D production) introduces the student to the idea that the uniqueness of the work of art is not an intrinsic or inherent quality of the work itself, but the result of the choice of media. Consequently since the Renaissance and the advent of Printmaking, the printing press, and bronze casting, multiplicity and reproduction have been a part of western culture. The machine age, photo-reproduction, lithography, industrial standardization, modularity, fabrication, and multiplicity became part of artistic practice. Prints, posters, ready-mades, objects, books, commix, and designed utilitarian objects editions, multiples, modules, and reproductions are now a significant aspect of contemporary art making which abandons the notion of the unique work Making works of this kind requires the artist to take into consideration the how the act of reproduction, or replication constitutes part their work's form and content. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in VATe. Offered spring.
Installation + Constructed Objects
Course No. SEM 226-326-426 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography
This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera and document installations that exist outside the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre’s relationship to historical and contemporary theater. Workshops include cameras, studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale-up these designs, and document their design. This course is designed for the photography major and any students working in installation or industrial design but is open to all majors. This course is cross-listed with Visual Arts. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: PHV 295 Photo I: Introduction to Photography, or instructor’s signature.
Installation + The Constructed Object
Course No. VAT 226-326-426 Credits: 3.0
This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre’s relationship to historical and contemporary theater. Workshops include cameras, studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale-up these designs, and document their design. This course is designed for the Photography major and any students working in installation or industrial design but is open to all majors. This course is cross-listed with Visual Arts. Open studio elective.
Installation: Empire of the Senses
Course No. SEM 250-350-450 Credits: 3.0
Working with materials and methods not traditionally associated with the visual arts, installation breaks away from the singular object, the pedestal, the detached viewer. Visual lectures and presentations on recent work will include discussion on the nature of the work and its context. Studio work and additional presentations will focus on perception—how we understand the world through touch, sight, smell/taste, the sense of hearing and kinesthetic cues from muscles of the body. The information presented, student research, and studio research will provide an environment of concepts and ideas to support and challenge each student’s work. Students will develop installations in line with their interests.
Installlation: Light + Sound
Course No. SEM 230A-330A-430A Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Paul
Sculptural installation is a condition of space that is neither object-bound nor object-centric in its existence but rather presents a condition that is often identified as immersive and intentionally organized to produce a spatially dependent experience beyond that of the “Everyday.” This course will investigate various applications and approaches to the subject of Installation with an emphasis on contemporary practices using light and sound as a means of constructing space and form. Primary to this course are the understandings of light (lighting) as both a material and structural element with regard to organization and presentation and the combined relationship of sound as an immersive component in the production of installation-based works.
Intro Sculpture + Expanded Media
This course provides an introduction to Sculpture + Expanded Media by examining the methodologies, materials, history, traditions, and cultural context of sculpture and expanded media in contemporary art. The class will include wood construction and textile-based fabrication processes, moldmaking, and casting relevant to a range of materials, basic metalworking techniques such as cutting and welding, and will introduce the student to the use of time-based media in contemporary sculpture. Required for sophomore Sculpture + Expanded Media majors. Open to all students as an elective. Offered spring.
Intro Sculpture Fabrication
Course No. SEM 232 Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Lorton
The goal of this course is to expose students to the qualitative nature of materiality at a fundamental level and to provide them with a understanding of the various aesthetic qualities that materials possess. In other words this course introduces how materials influence the meaning of a work of art. This course addresses how the qualities of material act to determine aesthetic organization and conditions of conveyance within a work. The course focuses on both the physicality of material condition(s) of state-change, intensive material exploration and experimentation as a function of structure, and its effect on aesthetic production. Required at the sophomore level for all Sculpture majors and open to all other students. Offered fall.
Mapping + Memory: Spacial Construction
Course No. SEM 204-304-404 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kevin Kautenburger
This course will focus on various properties of memory as they are informed by contemporary science and philosophy via the transformation of “information, thoughts and experiences” as a process of mapping and as a condition of recording into works of art. Mapping (recording) for this course should be understood as a process of revelation, a translation of fact (reality) or imagination (memory) into dimensional representations. Mapping implies numerous spatial relationships, framing positions such as scale and physical proximity, the passage of time and the probabilistic qualities of space-time. In addition to the significance of proximity when exploring and understanding space, the process of mapping is also associated with journey in space or as the length of a durational event. To accomplish these transformations students will be able to engage and examine both physical and virtual approaches to spatial construction. Open to all students.
Associate Professor/Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media
Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now an artist based in...more
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