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Gallatin Creative Laboratory: Art, Media and Politics

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number ARTS-UG1465
Section 001
Instructor Stephen Duncombe, Keith Miller
Days TR
Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U


Open to Gallatin juniors. Juniors in other NYU schools require permission of the instructor (


In this course we start from the premise that creativity happens in collaboration with others and applied to worldly projects, as opposed to the enduring and alluring myth in the West that creativity flourishes in isolation. In this Gallatin Creative Laboratory, students will break into teams, pick a project based upon common interests, and then spend the rest of the semester developing an artistic, applied or research project concerned, broadly, with the topic of Art, Media and Politics. Central to this approach will be the space for creative exploration, experimentation, and, importantly, failure. Underlying the lab approach is the idea that only through a genuinely open search can work that is fresh and surprising come about. The groups and individuals will be asked to reimagine the tools at their disposal and reevaluate the processes and proclivities of the practice. Reading lists, materials and methodologies will be specific to each project, and developed by the team in consultation with the instructors: a social scientist and an artist. Grading will be determined by the quality, originality and creativity of each team’s work, as assembled in a portfolio and presented to the public.


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Course Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)