CCID 202 SU01A: Fieldwork: Topics

This Culture and Community Interdisciplinary (CCID) practice based topics course, will offer students an opportunity to engage in coursework focused on embedded practice that includes an off-site fieldwork experience. This includes various sites and locations away from the University campus, including but not limited to long distance fieldtrips, field houses, neighbourhood houses, community centres, and other learning spaces related to curriculum. Students will create their own practice-based projects based on site research, cultural context, and independent studio work related to course-specific learning outcomes, and research requirements of the faculty teaching the course. This course is open to students in any degree program.

Course content: 

CCID 202 SU03A, Fieldwork: Topics

TOPIC: Aesthetic Transformations and Urban Farming

The City of Vancouver initiated a bold action plan called Greenest City, a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability by 2020. As part of this plan, the city has been supporting citizen's initiatives of growing healthy food in urban areas, and thereby allowing for the emergence of over 110 community gardens.

In this course, we will take Vancouver's urban organic agriculture movement as a starting point for our artistic explorations. Our field trips will lead us to several community gardens, field houses, and an urban farm where we will have the opportunity to engage with local farmers and activists. We will let ourselves be inspired by plant communication, the botany of desire, animal complicity, the beauty of decay, invasive species, or ‘seeds as commons’, and we will research the social, political and historical significance of local food production, as well as our relationship to the land. In this context, what does it mean to be on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples?

This course focuses on transdisciplinarity and encourages students to investigate different mediums and strategies, and how those can be made productive to express an idea. Students will be introduced to ‘Aesthetic Transformation’ as an idea-generating approach in art making that engages them to develop a body of independent work based on their individual interests.

Practice-based exercises, such as drawing from observation, performative explorations, video recording and sound editing, material examination, conceptual inquiry, as well as collaboration and critical reflection, will serve to fuel the creative process.

This class requires students to participate in various field trips around the city, rain or shine.


Completion of 21 credits

Additional comments: 
Term 1. TOPIC: Aesthetic Transformations and Urban Farming. CC-A (with CCID 302 SU01A). IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no class on Monday, May 20th, Victoria Day.
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
May 6-Jun 21
M W D3345 MAIN