New Enclosures: Art, Space, & the Global City

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
New Enclosures
Fall 2022
Taught By: Alan Ruiz
Section: A

CRN: 14047

Credits: 4

This course will explore the ways in which space is produced both as material and as ideology. Addressing historical and current neoliberal policies that have influenced the shape, contour and mesh of the global city, how might we consider forms of art and architecture in relation to or complicit with a project of urban development? We will explore a range of spatial typologies from architectural pavilions, World Fairs, Free-Trade Zones, to international art fairs and biennials, and their influence on the production of “experience economies.” We will also examine the impact of what architect Keller Easterling calls “infrastructure space” to understand how systems of standardization and mass-customization produce not only objects but subjects as well. Reconsidering form as carrying the potential for action, we will engage space as both a medium and a practice in our attempts to expand upon preconceived notions of the built-environment advanced by artworks such as Charlotte Poseneske's "Series-D/DW" and Gordon Matta-Clark's "Fake Estates". Readings will be drawn from a range of theoretical, art historical, and architectural sources.  Students will work individually and/ or collaboratively towards developing a semester long creative research project that will directly engage a discursive or physical site of their choice. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course fulfills the Visual Studies studio or practice-based requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 11:46pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 701
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022