The Nay-Sayers

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Nay-Sayers

Spring 2018

Taught By: Emily Skillings

Section: A

CRN: 7842

Credits: 3

In our capitalist consumer culture that puts a premium on output and production, extrovertedness, and able-bodiedness, this multidisciplinary class will consider what it is to be inward and inactive. What does it mean to not go outside, but to stay in, to dwell, to fester? What are the revolutionary implications of inefficiency? Students will generate visual artworks alongside creative texts in response to these questions in an effort to reach a Bartleby-esque state of resistance. This course seeks to integrate theory and practice through an animated investigation of process in a class format that combines elements of studio, laboratory, and seminar. Over the course of the semester, we will examine all manners of semi-recumbent postures, the types of enclosures and structures that accommodate such positions and gestures, and the ways that words, objects, and images might weave inside these spaces. We will consider an array of texts, such as Virginia Woolf's On Being Ill, Enrique Vila-Matas’ Bartleby & Co, and Claudia Rankine's Don't Let Me Be Lonely alongside artworks, films, and performance works by Tracey Emin, Paul Thek, Yvonne Rainer, Ingmar Bergman, Yayoi Kusama, Francesca Woodman, Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, and Francisco Goya. We will work through and around these voices and images of known literary grumps, shut-ins, agoraphobes, process junkies, and recluses to compose a series of visual works and texts inspired by acts of witness to interior landscape.

Open to: All university upper-level undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 6:31pm 5/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 66 5th Ave

Room: 600F

Date Range: 1/26/2018 - 5/11/2018