Yolande C Harris
Taught by UW faculty and visiting artists, engineers, scientists, and humanities scholars.
Artists play an important role in investigating changing human relationships to the environment. In recent decades scientific research has revealed systemic environmental transformations on a global scale. Given this context, artists are increasingly aligning their roles within collaborative, social and technological projects that often emphasize complex interactions at scales beyond human perception. Beginning from this general background, the seminar will operate on three integrated levels: research, lab visits and production. Topics will include: making the inaudible audible and visual, underwater sound, sound and energetic transductions, field recordings and displaced sound/image, mapping visualizations and navigations. Presentations, readings and discussions will locate these topics within a dynamic aesthetic and theoretical context, including land art and acoustic ecology, eco-art and locative media. Students will design questions for research visits to UW labs that specifically use audification, sonification and visualization to research aspects of the environment. We will discuss a variety of artistic approaches to environmental technologies and research, to experiment with when working towards a final artistic project.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lab visits in research departments at U. Guest Lecture (to be confirmed). Two presentations of work in progress towards final project, week 4 and week 8. Final: original artwork developed during the course (can be collaborative).
Class assignments and grading
Grading will be based upon the quality of concept, integration of ideas developed in the course, experimentation, and realization.
The overall class grade will be approximately broken down as follows:
Written Feedback: 10%
Final Project: 40%