Waterscapes: Art and the Imagination of Ecological Futures

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: Gwyneth Shanks

Section: AX

CRN: 7300

Credits: 4

The "Anthropocene": From the Greek anthropos meaning "human" and kainos meaning "new," the term describes our current geological age in which human activity has become the dominate influence on our climate and environment. Drawing upon Anthropocene studies in the humanities, as well as research out of critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and performance studies, we will explore the relationship among critical theory, artistic practice, and the environment. This course is divided into two parts. In Part I, students will be introduced to a variety of critical frames through which to understand our relationship to ecology, the natural world, and urban spaces. In Part II, we will focus on water, a resource many argue will determine the trajectory of the 21st century. In this course, we will explore water not simply as a commodity or resource but as ideologically, culturally, and symbolically circumscribed. We will also explore how the availability or paucity of water does not affect communities equally. We will examine a variety of different forms of aesthetic production--film, performance, public art, painting, and sculpture--that offer different ways to engage with and imagine water.

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: 4:42pm 6/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/25/2019 - 5/10/2019