LINA

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Practicing the Environment: An Arts Platform

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Practicing the Environment

Spring 2022

Taught By: Alhena Katsof

Section: A

CRN: 8854

Credits: 4

This ARTS PLATFORM COURSE meets twice a week: DAY ONE will be a virtual, public-facing talk with artists, curators, activists, and scholars across the world who explore and engage in various aspects of environmental concern; DAY TWO, the class will meet for a closed seminar discussion. This course reconsiders the supposed distinction between humans and nature; it is a distinction that has impacted notions of cultivation and place, as well as our relationships with plants and with each other. Together, we will think through theories of the environment, how they impact our sense of being in the world, and the possible futures they envision. We will analyse capitalist modes of extraction in the context of our climate crisis and consider the environmental legacy of colonialism. In doing so, we will address the socio-ecological entanglements of race, gender, and culture. Focusing on visual arts and performance-based projects that engage notions of environment, we will consider the ecological implications of the materials that we work with, as well as the environmental frameworks and atmospheres that we work within. We will engage with seeds as archives, oceans as affective fields and, as artist Alex Tatarsky calls it, compost as metaphor and method. Engaging disciplines of visual arts, performance, ecology, critical race theory, and politics we will look at the ways in which practitioners are conceptualizing our relationship to life on earth. Students will work collaboratively towards a creative project that engages and/or re-imagines notions of environment. This course can satisfy an Arts program LINA (Interdisciplinary Arts) requirement, or a Visual Studies elective requirement, or a Contemporary Dance elective requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:48pm 10/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022

Practicing the Environment

Fall 2021

Taught By: Neil Greenberg

Section: A

CRN: 11374

Credits: 0

This ARTS PLATFORM COURSE meets twice a week: DAY ONE will be a virtual, public-facing talk with artists, curators, activists, and scholars across the world about the making and unmaking of performance practices and artistic production under conditions of pandemics; DAY TWO, the class will meet for a closed seminar discussion. This course explores performance in the context of the radical reorganization of life under the current COVID-19 pandemic and other health crises such as the AIDS and 1918 influenza pandemics. We will consider how performing artists have responded to and been affected by these worldwide epidemics, the varied forms and functions of the work created during these times, and potential longer term changes that may result. We’ll explore the performance of absence, activism, care, community, confusion, escape, introspection, politics, protest and beauty, while also making space to consider the state of arts presenting institutions and infrastructure in the wake of COVID-19. The public-facing webinars and required readings will engage with disciplines of theater, dance, music, performance art, performance studies, public health, and politics. Students will work collaboratively towards a creative project that imagines or performs an alternative response to this age of pandemic. This course can also satisfy an elective requirement for the Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Music, Theater, or Visual Studies majors and minors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:40pm 10/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021