VISA 480 Week 9 Lesson Plan

 

All or Nothing
     

Fischli & Weiss  Popular Opposites: Theory and Practice

Martin Creed The lights going on and off  2000

Robert Rauschenberg Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953

Tom Friedman 1,000 Hours of Staring 1992-97

Kelly Mark Demonstration 2003

John Cage 4’33” 1952

Glenn Ligon Untitled (I sell the shadow to sustain the substance)  2006

Hiroshi Sugimoto Theaters 1978-

Rachel Whiteread Untitled (Library) 2009

Reading Discussion On
Agamben, Giorgio The Man Without Content 1994 (p.52-58)
Groys, Boris Under the Gaze of Theory from e-flux 2012

1.     As  a group, please come up with at least 5 points that Groys mentions as the purpose or role (or even consequences) of Theory in Art.

2.     As  a group, please take about 1 minute each to recall and describe the actual process by which you engage with theory in your practice.  Do you engage with theory before you make work, after, during? Do you question it, follow it, illustrate it, problematize it?  How do you handle it, or does it handle you?

*or never – how do you avoid this?

3.     As a group, please take about 1 minute each to start to describe the role theory takes in your execution process.  How does this then inform how you understand art?

Break into groups of 4 or 5 and discuss the role of theory, and the role of praxis.

  • Define each.
  • What order do they take place and why?
  • In detail, describe how do they influence each other?
  • Explain what is represented in this work.  How do your interpret the gestures?

In your groups, you will be assigned an artwork and a binary (found or derived from the Groys reading).  Please take up a chalkboard/newsprint area, and build a bridge between your binary terms.  From here, please describe details of the work, and locate where they would fall between and unite the terms.

Poetry……………………….…Thought
Discovery………………………Refusal
Being………………………………Saying
Essence………………………Existence
Subjectivity……………….Substance
Transcend…………………..Actualize
Action……………………..Knowledge
No Longer………….………….Not Yet

Class Discussion:  If the content of art is about its own voiding, its own dismissal, its own irony, then why does it still matter?

Online Group Journal Questions Due Wednesday at 5pm

Baudrillard, Jean Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 2011 (p.9-77)  Final Journal!
1.  Answer one of the following questions:  a)  How do Baudrillard’s propositions in Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? differ from last week’s Groys article about the role of theory?  Or  b)  According to Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? how is the ‘real’ disappearing but also how is it informing the virtual?  What is the true disappearance?
2.  We have taken a journey of thoughts of nothing by way of the thing, void, lack, value, invisibility, the unknown, formless, the mystic, silence, affect, abolishment, and other theories or concepts that point towards nothing and/or voids.  What are Baudrillard’s suggestions to the idea of “nothing”?  Further his ideas by using one other concept of “nothing” taken up in the readings for the class. What do you connect back to and what is revealed?  What will you do with this insight for future works, processes or discussions about art and/or artistic practice?

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