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A46 ARCH 524FCritical Spatial Practice: Art / Architecture / Landscape / Urbanism3.0 Units
Description:Critical Spatial Practice reads the history of art, architecture, landscape, and urbanism across the grain in an effort to tease out latent affinities and to heighten meaningful antagonisms. In particular, this class takes a critical look at the ways in which creative practice has situated itself in relation to politics, power, society, and space, while maintaining a certain autonomy from each of these registers. Themes such as historic and collective memory; empire and war; publics and counterpublics; city and countryside; institutions and the everyday; will all be central tropes as we ask questions of what, exactly, provokes one to make. Each of these disciplines shares a certain projective and critical orientation to the world-but what is it that makes their methods so distinct? What might we learn from knowledge of these differences? Where do shared passions break down? As critical practitioners, we look to make sense of the world-while our search for meaning may take radically different forms.Throughout the term, we will be focusing on a range of projects, movements, artists/practitioners, and groups that take seriously the situatedness of their work. We will cover practices that might fall under more recognized categories, such as performance, land art, ecology, social practice, everyday urbanism, pedagogy, curation, and installation. We will interrogate the modes of production as well as modes of distribution that creative practitioners work within and against. We will look at the history of artists and designers engaging the built and natural worlds in ways that exceed the disciplinary frameworks of their time. From the Dada excursions to the Situationist Derives, from the urban representation of the CIAM grille to the urban choreography of Daniel Buren, and from the Romantic geography of Humboldt to the displaced geography of the Atlas Group. Throughout, we will be reading foundational texts-theoretical, historical, and methodological-that help situate thes
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Course Type:HomeSame As:A48 524FFrequency:None / History


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