These courses are topical, experimental electives within a Fine Arts context. Varying each semester, each offers an innovative structure and pedagogical approach towards a specific line of inquiry while supporting interdisciplinary innovation and response to new directions in contemporary art. xSTUDIO elective options for Spring 2014 include the following. Full descriptions are available at amt.parsons.edu.
Video Production & Image Employment explores the moving image as a tool to investigate various means of contemporary production, labor, and employment. Developing technical skills and using their own distinctive innovations, students shoot, perform in, edit, and produce their own short videos. Students also examine the formal and conceptual qualities of video and learn how contemporary artists are exploring today's modes of production. In-class screenings will present film and video works that illustrate differing approaches to the subject.
Producing Performance Art explores strategies in the production of performance art, using “production” as a conceptual framework for a series of workshops that give students tools to develop their own performance projects over the course of the semester. This course offers instruction in performance art production from technical aspects, including the use of sound, lighting, scenic design, costume and video, to budgeting, fundraising, and collaborative strategies.
Surveillance Art Surveillance Art will address the technical, theoretical, and historical relevance of surveillance and sousveillance in art. As the mechanisms of surveillance become more historically complex, so have the critical and often playful approaches artists have created to address the political and social effects. This course will teach technical skills in addition to theoretical and historical knowledge that informs surveillance art. We will examine the parallel influences these technologies have had on various art practices.
Collaborative Art Practices will use individual and collaborative work to research and develop three projects that investigate structures of participation and collective action. In the first half of the semester, students will learn about art collectives and collaborative formats via site visits, short projects, and advising sessions with contemporary artist collectives. In the second half of the semester, students will utilize these collaborative approaches to create self-directed projects.
Perspectives on Sound Art will introduce students to different ways of thinking about sound art, alongside with creating an acoustic work. The emphasis will be on thinking of sound as an artistic material and focusing on its expressive possibilities for generating physical and mental spaces. Students will be introduced to and have ample opportunity to gain proficiency with different hardware and software for both field and studio recordings. The practical and theoretical knowledge learnt in this course, paired with site visits and active listening sessions, are for developing a critical appreciation of sound and for creating self-directed projects.
Open to: All School of Art, Media & Technology upper-level undergraduate degree students.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Studio
Art, Media & Technology Department
Non-Liberal Arts, Open to Majors Only
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: