Advanced Practice:

Parsons School of Design: Fine Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Adv. Prac: Non/Human Ecologies

Fall 2022

Taught By: Catherine Telford Keogh

Section: A

CRN: 14565

Credits: 3

This course explores interdisciplinary practices that prob the human-nonhuman boundary in the context of current socio-ecological conditions. Students will critically and speculatively engage with science and scientific methodologies as creative sources that complicate distinctions between nature, identity, and culture. Collaborative dialogue and class visits will be held with scientists, technoscience scholars, and artists to bolster studio practices. The course introduces a variety of topics including the ethics of working with live subjects, constructions of nature, transformations of waste and the Anthropocene. We will look at how artists (eg. Doreen Garner, Jes Fan, Anicka Yi, Black Quantum Futurism, Lu Yang, Kevin Beasley, Critical Art Ensemble, Teresa Margolles, Mel Chin, Dora Budor, Nina Canell, Queer Ecology and Wangechi Mutu etc.) use science and science fiction to re-imagine racial, sexual, gendered, and colonial organizations of life. Individual and collaborative studio practice and research will be complemented by immersive field trips to local sites that include salt marshes, urban farms, and landfills to perceive and feel at different scales from the microscopic to the planet at large. Reading across the natural sciences and science fiction from feminist, queer and decolonial perspectives (including texts by Karen Barad, Myra Hird, Astrida Neimanis, Kim TallBear Vanessa Agard Jones, Ursula K Le Guin, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, and Kathryn Yusoff among others) will inform discussions, experiments, field trips, and studio practices. Through independent work and prompt driven projects students will question and re-configure the enmeshed relationship of human and nonhuman life.

Open to: Graduate and upper-level undergraduate Fine Arts students; others by permission. Some seats reserved for MFA Fine Arts Students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fine Arts (PGFA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 13

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 2:46pm 8/16/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 502

Date Range: 9/2/2022 - 12/16/2022