Architecture Without Architect: Art and Politics of the Built Environment

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Architecture without Architect

Fall 2020

Taught By: Alan Ruiz

Section: A

CRN: 3070

Credits: 4

This course will explore historical, sociopolitical, and formal facets of architecture as they intersect with disciplines of art history and visual studies, performance, and dance since the early 20th century. Combining seminars, online lectures, and digital studio practice, we will investigate specific moments in architectural history and criticism as a way of considering the built environment as a reflection and container of visual and material culture. Sites of inquiry will range from the 1930s International Style movement and its lubrication of more recent developments of global architecture and the “Bilbao Effect”. We will look at architecture from outside the purview of architects - exploring the dynamic exchange between Minimalism, site-specificity and institutional critique, advanced by Dan Graham and Michael Asher, while also considering more embodied architectural interventions by choreographers such as Trisha Brown and Sarah Michelson, and artist Andrea Fraser. In addition to considering the parasitical relationship between architecture and culture, or what Hal Foster has called the “art-architecture complex”, we will examine the socio-political implications the built environment crystallizes. How does architecture reproduce social hierarchies? Using tools for architectural representation such as Rhinoceros and vector-based drawing platforms, students will experiment with methods of what artist Gordon Matta-Clark called anarchitecture to consider the protocols which govern space. Students will be introduced to a range of readings including architectural theory, artist's writings, as well as art history and criticism. Together we will explore a number of sites in which the concept of architecture and the built environment is reframed or rethought by architects as well as artists, performers and scholars.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (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: 7:46pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020