This course explores the relationship of art, technology, and public space through the study of historical and contemporary examples, and through our own direct experience of creating and installing a work of public art. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of recent technological developments on public art, but in turn, we use public art to reflect on emergent cultural and social transformations in New York City. The course focuses especially on the evolution of both Times Square and Union Square in New York City, to understand how art, commerce, politics, and public life have competed and converged to influence social and political change over the years. The experiential component of the course is a technology-based public art project (most likely involving large-scale digital media) that students plan and execute. Students keep a journal for the duration of the project, which is used to evaluate the project and to connect it to other coursework. Readings for the course are drawn from a number of sources, including: Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space; Rosalyn Deutsche, Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics ; Barbara Goldstein, Public Art By The Book ; Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History ; Bruno Latour (Editor), Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy ; Malcolm Miles, Art, Space, and the City: Public Art and Urban Futures ; Jacques Rancier, The Future of the Image .
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)