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Timea Tihanyi
ART 361
Seattle Campus

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

Surveys critical ideas in contemporary art practice. Includes lectures by nationally recognized artists to introduce a wide range of artistic positions and practices. Engages students with the major issues informing contemporary art and new modes of practice.

Class description

The assignments intend to explore issues of time and space in a variety of formats and media. The class will provide students with many contemporary examples of artistic process and will prepare them to tackle the challenges from the initial idea to the execution. The objective of the course is for the students to develop concepts for and move with their ideas freely within and among 2D, 3D, and 4D (time based media).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a studio course that requires students to invest at least 6-8 hours a week outside of class. There will be work time set aside in class, but the majority of experimentation and execution will have to be done outside of class. Regular slide presentations and discussions on contemporary artists and movements related to the subject will supplement the assignments.

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with contemporary art movements is helpful but not required. Some background in studio art and experience with a variety of techniques and materials are also helpful. Students may wish to use digital cameras and digital video cameras for some of the assignments. Cameras will be available for check-out from the SAOCC during the quarter.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments and topics may include: - Structuring timeline, making a story visual, reading time in visual art; - Telling story with the moving image: digital video production and editing; - The space of art: sculpture, installation, site specific art; - Altering viewer's perception of time/space.

Each project will have a few well-articulated goals and limitations to keep in mind. Most importantly, students have complete freedom to be creative, experiment, explore new materials and strive to fresh ideas!

Final grade will be determined by the following: Participation (critiques, in-class projects, class discussions) Professional manner (individual effort, commitment, progress) Quality of projects


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Timea Tihanyi
Date: 10/28/2005