The course explores the emergence of Social Practice Art and the role of Interactive Communications Technologies (ICTs) in artistic contributions to political dialogue and community building. Students will create a large scale, collaborative public artwork in New York City (most likely digital projections) using mapping and social media technologies. Students will learn about artwork and artists who engage social issues and communities through their practice to create civic dialogue. With case studies, readings, and discussions, the course will focus on the interaction between the public and the artist; the use of aesthetics to convey cultural and political values; and Social Art Practice Art tactics, such as collaboration, antagonism, and activism. The course will examine historical antecedents, including notions of The Citizen Artist, as well as public art, street art, and community arts movements; and the transformational role that ICTs have played in enabling socially-oriented artworks beginning in the 1930’s. Readings for the course include: Rosalyn Deutsche, Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics ; Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place ; Malcolm Miles, Art, Space, and the City ; Nato Thompson, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century ; and Cameron Cartiere, The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion .
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)