Systems Aesthetics: Art, Architecture, Institutions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Systems Aesthetics
Spring 2023
Taught By: Alan Ruiz
Section: A

CRN: 12307

Credits: 4

What is a system? This course will explore questions of inputs and outputs, parts to whole, object and environment. Toggling between form and content, we will explore a range of art historical and architectural sites in which the interaction between two or more parts produce outcomes and alternatives that are not the parts themselves. Departing from Jack Bunnham’s seminal 1968 essay, objects of inquiry will range from conceptual art, and institutional critique to new media, dance, and systems psychodynamics. We will explore an array of work including John Chamberlain’s engagement with the RAND Corporation, Adrian Piper’s experiments with social transit systems, and Maria Eichorn’s reconfiguration of economic and legal structures. Yet, alongside these inquiries, we will also bridge the space between systems thinking and other forms of critique that interrogate the institutional logics that seek to condition social and subjective life. What might reading aesthetic theory through the framework of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s notion of intersectionality offer both contemporary and historical understandings of artistic practice? How might we consider efforts to redistribute social infrastructures beyond carceral logics towards other forms of social organization? Engaging the class as a temporary institution, students will work collaboratively in groups to develop a semester-long creative project that creates or intervenes in a system of their choice.

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: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

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: 4:04am EDT 6/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 502
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023