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    Nov 07, 2016
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    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this course for those that want a deeper, more insightful experience of what is means to re-define art, how to understand art in association with culture, politics, and society, and how to integrate art into social practice. This course also allows an understanding of philosophical theories in regards to identity, history, and gender. It is a highly interactive class, with experiments created by the students, to be quickly and directly/indirectly undergone to the public (whether it be on or off campus), and it is an intensive reading class, which aids in the fundamental understanding of approaches and variations in the arts (both performative and visual). The professor works with the students to make sure the readings are understood in various ways, and to motivate further experimentation. It is a class about discovery and re-discovery, about thought, and about playing.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a deeper understanding of the numerous approaches to art and art-making, and of integrating art into the social spectrum to work with the public. I learned history about the way in which artists used art as a vehicle to solving world-wide, nation-wide, and even local issues. I gained the support and encouragement to approach the public in different ways to deliver messages that are short-termed in action/reaction, or long term ones, as well as direct/indirect ones. I gained the confidence to change the world.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the readings because it will enrich your learning and understanding of not just art, but its historical and future impacts on the public. Don't be afraid to participate, to speak out ideas, or to play. A key element of this class was play, and how it liberates creativity as well as an understanding of world relations to one another. Go to class, every day! You will love everything about it if you get involved.

    • Fall 2016
    • Nicole Ridgeway
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