Inquiry and the Poetics of Attention

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Inquiry: Poetics of Attention

Fall 2019

Taught By: Patrick Scanlon

Section: A

CRN: 7344

Credits: 4

This course explores an essential event at the heart of inquiry: the composition of attention — its catalogue of shapes and movements and the manner in which it gathers and disperses. Engaging with this precarious and enigmatic aspect of cognition requires the mingling of methods and that—whether one’s project is in service of sense, sound, image, thing—episodes like interruption, repetition, and detour are rendered not as obstacles to fruition, but as signals alerting us to what is most precious and specious. Alongside the realization of artistic/academic aims then is the possibility of being initiated to the contours of one’s peculiar attentive faculty. This course orbits two points: a history of attention that surveys its conceptualization over the last few centuries, and an infancy of attention that concerns its momentary emergence within our formal experiments, and during the more pedestrian excursions about town.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (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: 11:20am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 713

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019