COURSE DESCRIPTION | The course is designed to guide students through the process of identifying and critiquing a dominant way of seeing that builds on their individualized coursework in critical theory, social analysis, and art, media, or design practice. Each student's project will synthesize these core elements (critical theory, social analysis, and art, media, and design practice) and function both independently as individual projects and collaboratively as part of work organized around a single theme identified by each cohort. Course activities will include research and discussion of project concepts, identification of a unifying group theme, individual and group critiques of the developing projects, and final execution and display of the projects in a forum that will encourage broad university engagement.
CVSN | My final project is titled "Bad Photos: Curation of Self-Image" and will be included in the upcoming publication of CVSN that my cohort is producing at the end of April. As my cohort is currently preparing to produce, publish, and market this book, I do not have images that can be posted at this time.
PROJECT 1: PERFECT-BOUND BOOK (1/17/18 - 1/29/18)
ASSIGNMENT | Using both original and found text and images, create a book that responds to the following five prompts and draws directly on theories, methods, and ideas from course readings in weeks 1, 2, and 3:  Write a biography of a surface.  Do a surface reading of a phenomenon of your choice.  Provide a chronology of something or someone that has surfaced or re-surfaced.  Document a relative surface.  Create a portrait of a surface. Be prepared to explain both your design and content choices during in-class critiques and presentations. Be deliberate in your moves. Your book's final dimensions should measure 5" x 7" with 20 pages including the cover, perfect bound, and have a complete bibliography and image credits list. Plan to consult a minimum of 10 academic sources beyond assigned course readings.