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Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

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Adv Prac: Speculative Fiction

Fall 2019

Taught By: Peter Rostovsky

Section: A

CRN: 4292

Credits: 3

Painting and speculative fiction are unlikely but kindred spirits. Both routinely explore alternative temporalities and potential futures, peering into the unknown, the alien and the monstrous while reflecting the pressures of developing technologies and anticipating new ones. This class attempts to forge a further dialogue between these two creative pursuits, using passages and ideas culled from speculative fiction, horror and weird fiction as prompts for discrete painting projects. What can the writings of JG Ballard, Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Phillip K. Dick, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, N.K. Jemisin, China Miéville, Cixin Liu, H.P. Lovecraft and other notable speculative fiction writers offer the contemporary painter? This class will explore how literary and speculative conceptions can be expressed visually while developing the student’s knowledge of the materials and techniques of painting. Throughout, it will consider the history of painting and its current debates, highlighting the key differences and bridges between art, illustration, and other fields exploring speculative motifs. A course for painters and interdisciplinary artists, this class will ask students to imagine painting as something that can model alternative histories and societies while keenly critiquing our own. Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts majors; others by permission via portfolio review to MFA Fine Arts Program Director

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 14

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: 6:45am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 304

Date Range: 8/30/2019 - 12/13/2019