Image, Action, & Environment

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Image, Action, & Environment
Fall 2023
Taught By: Matthew López-Jensen
Section: A

CRN: 14664

Credits: 3

This course is designed around direct experience with New York City coastlines, parks, and community gardens. Students will use their creative, social media, and photography skills as advocacy tools for sites of their choosing and to further ecological and environmental justice initiatives. Students will also experiment with care-centric actions such as planting, cleaning, fixing, maintaining, and other activities that are now extensions of contemporary art practices. This course celebrates blurring lines between art-making and activism. Throughout the semester we will visit and photograph a range of sites and meet with the community stewards and non-profit organizations charged with maintaining and protecting these spaces. We will learn about environmental and commercial threats facing these places and create work that advocates for change. We will acknowledge and explore Indigenous histories of the landscape and how these relate to current land management conflicts and contemporary art practices. We will also explore artists whose work combines social practice, activism, and environmental action.

Open to: All University undergraduate students. Successful completion of first year courses and understanding of image-making required.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (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: 2:28pm EST 2/29/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1201
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023