The Open Work

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Open Work

Fall 2018

Taught By: Joseph Diebes

Section: AX

CRN: 7310

Credits: 4

The arts since the 1950s have all seen a re-evaluation of the notion that the artist is responsible for every part of a fixed and definitive work. Instead, many artists have let the outcome of the work be determined by social interaction, natural processes, or pure chance. In this interdisciplinary course we will closely consider artists' works and writings in all mediums including: Sol Lewitt's wall drawings, Brian Eno's generative music, Alison Knowles' Fluxus event scores, Thomas Hirschhorn's monument projects, William Forsythe's dance improvisation technologies, and the unrealized Fun Palace of theater director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price. In parallel with discussing artworks, students read key writings in media theory, art criticism and science to stimulate questions about artistic subjectivity, the politics of interactivity, the meaning of chance, and the productive relations between theory and art practice.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 3:10pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 258

Date Range: 8/31/2018 - 12/14/2018