Classes
Saturdays 6-11 p.m. | July-August 2011

TITLE: Critique
INSTRUCTOR: Patrick J. Rock
DATES: 7/9, 7/23, 7/30 (Group Critique), 8/13, 8/27, 9/3 (Group Critique) - 8-10 p.m.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

"No rules, no bullshit."

You must bring new and completed work for constructive group critique.

We are an artistic movement, the new art form, exploring, essentially, new media and art experiences.

This new gesture functions with the purpose of pushing the viewer to the edge, utilizing any medium necessary beyond
the traditional, in order to create a reaction in its audience.

Reacting against nothing and everything, we provoke thought and stimulate the senses.

We liberate. The world is our new playground, grounds to embrace the present and the continually changing nature of the
new medium. Not yet fully explored, we work through the possibilities, perhaps providing only a small representation of
what could be.

Medium specificity finds no place in our work, the idea and concept transcending all else. That is, the media used may dictate the concept behind a work; however the concept may also dictate the media. We are thereby not confined to one method of artistic expression, instead using all means necessary to express our ideas.

We question the distinction between the world of art and the everyday. By implementing non-traditional and non-medium- specific strategies, we directly engage with the public, and break the boundaries between mediums and disciplines, collapsing the high and low separation in culture and art. And with this aggressive insistence, the art and its ideology question and defy how art is defined.

We push boundaries like our predecessors did. We seek out the unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, the non-traditional, and challenge the conventions of art and the society that sets such conventions.

We seek to change everything previously known and loved or hated about art, the world and everything in it, including ourselves.

TITLE: “I’m an ice sculptor – last night, I made a cube.”
INSTRUCTOR: Sean Joseph Patrick Carney
DATES: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30 (Group Critique), 8/6, 8/20, 9/3 (Group Critique) – 8-10 p.m.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This is a theory and practice course that uses stand-up comedy as a source for both critical dialogue and performative practice. Through the examination of performances by contemporary comedians, we will consider the social function of the jester as the licensed fool. Often, we discuss comedy as the natural manner in which to explore complicated political and cultural issues, but fail to address the inherent responsibility and agency in this approach. Viewing performances by noted comedians Richard Pryor, Steven Wright, Gilda Radner, Katt Williams, Sarah Silverman and others, we will
examine these often raunchy and politically incorrect artists as reflections of culture at large. From this study, students will develop and deliver original material that takes aim at relevant and topical themes. Critical feedback will be provided using lenses of performance art history, theoretical writings on the function of humor, and debates around taste, sensitivity and artistic license.

TITLE: Audience as Wind-Up Monkey: Crowd Control as Social Sculpture
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Reinsch
DATES: 7/9, 7/23, 7/30 (Group Critique), 8/13, 8/27, 9/3 (Group Critique) - 6-8 p.m.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This course will explore the complex and dynamic relationship between artist and audience, especially as it relates to the internet.

TITLE: HELLO/GOODBYE
INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Clifford Green
DATES: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30 (Group Critique), 8/6, 8/20, 9/3 (Group Critique) – 6-8 p.m.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
A lecture based seminar that cross references historical video art with the viral and contemporary. We will be connecting the similarities/ differences and discuss context, meaning, and function. In addition this class will strategize new forms of display, and exhibition for video art. Each class will feature screenings of selected videos, followed by discussion.
In addition: Students are welcome to bring in video works in DVD format to any of the classes to receive critique.