Practice-based Research - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

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Course Description: 

The course acquaints students with the principles of artistic research and is designed to expand on participants’ study by way of producing knowledge via visuality. If artistic research is – whether in its silent or verbal, declarative or procedural, implicit or explicit form – is sensual and physical, “embodied knowledge”, then the knowledge that artistic research strives for, is a felt knowledge. (Klein, 2011) The course thus aims to expand on this notion and finds modes of expressions that are ‘felt’ knowledge and complementary to the written components of students’ academic research. In a sense, then, this course aims to be a first step towards producing a meta commentary on the thesis projects of the students. We will explore the different concerns of various artists, and consider their particular relationships to performance, sound, surveillance, social practice, and the politics of aesthetics. The practice component of the course is designed to understand, analyze, and confront in practice various aspects of art’s relation to social research. To this end, the course employs various modes encompassing blogs, photography projects, filmmaking as well as visual presentations of the students’ thesis topics projects. The accumulation of the weekly assignments will culminate in a final project.Each week is formed of a lecture followed by a studio session.

Learning Outcomes: 

An introductory understanding of the basics of visuality and their usage for different purposes varying from arts to academic presentations. Acquisition of visual thinking, observation and research skills through a refined visual vocabulary. Develop and create a visual project as an expansion of one’s research project with newly acquired visual knowledge.