VAST-320

VAST 320 - S031T: Visual Arts Thematic I

Course content: 

Topic: Reciprocity and Land Based Art
This studio course will examine reciprocity in concept and practice as it relates to contemporary land-based art. Through a critical engagement with the history of Land Art, a term coined by artist Robert Smithson in the 1960's, we will examine ways artists are currently subverting the very notion of site specificity and redefining the meaning of land from a place to be enacted upon to a space of ecological consciousness and Indigenous identity. A series of prompts that engage ideas from course readings and artist examples will provide a studio-based approach to learning a reciprocal land-based artistic practice. Artistic work will receive critical feedback throughout the course with weekly workshops and one on one meetings. Community engagement, field research, historical and archival research, and land based raw material use will be discussed through the lens of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with practicing land-based artists through digital platforms to learn more about their professional experiences navigating the art world with an ethic of reciprocity. A course reader of essays, transcribed lectures, and other textual formats written by artists and cultural theorists will provide regular reading assignments to structure critical dialogue and written responses.

Prerequisites: 

Completion of 51 credits

Course outline
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Additional comments: 
HYBRID course. CC-T with VAST 420 S031T.
Instructor information: 
Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Jan 10-Apr 23
08:30:00-11:20:00
TH D4360 MAIN
Jan 10-Apr 23
08:30:00-11:20:00
TH VCHAT ONLN
Jan 10-Apr 23
12:30:00-15:20:00
TH D4360 MAIN
Jan 10-Apr 23
12:30:00-15:20:00
TH VCHAT ONLN

VAST 320: Visual Arts Thematic I

This course provides students with the opportunity to propose and develop a self-directed body of work. Sections are taught with a thematic focus. Through artistic production, research, discussions, writing and critique, students are expected to increase their understanding of the content and context of their process and production as well as their knowledge of contemporary art. Students meet regularly for group meetings as well as in one-to-one tutorials with their instructor(s). Critiques and discussions complement studio production where considerable independent time and maturity is expected.

Prerequisites: 

Completion of 51 credits

Number of Credits: 
6.00
Repeatable for Credit: 
Yes
Sections: 
Term Section Title
Spring 2022 VAST-320-S031T Visual Arts Thematic I
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