FA 538 Tu/Th 7-10 (**special times to be arranged-
see below) Spring 08
In this course the objective
students is to design and implement two major projects, and one
mini-project. The nature of the projects will be determined during
with the instructor. In addition students will be required to
read essays related to their projects and attend community
events/lectures. Students will be required to complete the
|Major Project 1
Major Project 2
Site Specific Mini Installation
(Presentation of work in Senior Show)
Postings of proposals and documentation to class wiki
|Art Futures Reflection Paper
Essay Reading and Discussion
Attendance at 3 shows/lectures in community
A self-evaluation analysis
Details about assignments are explained below.
Students are encouraged to establish their own directions, stemming from immediate life experiences and/or theoretical concerns, and implemented with tools and concepts accrued to date. It is important for students to understand that they are working on independent projects. Unlike the previous CIA courses, the project parameters are not assigned. The instructor functions as a consultant and facilitator.
Because this is an advanced course, the proposals and the projects are expected to be cleanly executed with care and polish. Proposals are to be professionally prepared with computer tools, such as might be presented to a foundation or a gallery. Projects must demonstrate significant thought, research, and preparation. The research component must be carefully documented. The research can draw on library, web, or observational methods. Some of the research should incorporate art historical or theory references. The goal is to help students prepare for actions in the art world where standards are more unforgiving than at SFSU Careless work will not be accepted. You may be asked to redo the project. The projects must be completed within the semester. Students will be asked to post short image/text proposals and documentation on class Ilearn wiki site.
**Note: The class does not meet every week. The time is being freed up for students to pursue major projects and to develop their own strategy about scheduling. Class meetings will occur periodically during the semester on Thursday evenings and some Tuesdays. While there will not be regularly scheduled Tuesday evening meetings, students should leave the time open because of the need to sometimes schedule class. The schedule is tentative as now scheduled. We will attempt to give warnings of additional meetings and excuses of other scheduled events will not be accepted. If other classes are taken in the time slot, you must warn the professor that you may have to occasionally miss. Art 610 must take priority because there are so few meetings. If this will not work for you or the professor, don't schedule another course.
Students will meet with the instructor in individual meetings throughout the semester. These meetings will occur during professor's office hours (tues-thurs 12-2) and occasionally Tues or Thurs Evening. Other communication will take place via email and the class Ilearn site.
Students must attend every
meeting. Since there are so few meetings absence will result in
withdrawal from the course. Regular progress is expected each
Maintaining a special sketchbook for the projects and presenting it at
each individual meeting is highly recommended.
First Meeting - Orientation -
Thursday, Jan 24
Project 1 Proposal - Thursday, Feb 7 //// Presentation Thursday March 6 (possible overflow into Tuesday 3/11)
The first week of the semester
be used in experimenting to develop a direction. On Thursday, Feb 7, a
specific project proposal must be presented orally to the class (a web
version of the proposal must be posted on the studentís website
link posted in the class wiki. The final
will be Thursday, March 6 (and on tues 3/11 if necessary.)
Documentation must be posted to the class wiki by 3/13.
Project 2 Proposal - Post to Ilearn site Sunday, March 16 -Meet to discuss proposals Tuesday, March 18 /// Preliminary version presented at Senior Show (April 12) /// Final Presentation Thursday, May 8
On Sunday, March 16 a
proposal for project 2 must be posted to Ilearn class site. It
must be presented orally to the class on Tuesdya, 3/18. ). These
projects will be presented in the CIA
that is part of senior show/MFA show opening day (April 12??).
A final revised version will be presented in the next to last week
of the semester (May 8)
Site Specific Mini Project - (to be scheduled)
One corner of the main CIA area will be devoted to Site Specific Mini Projects. Each student will have the space for a week. You are encouraged to create experimental conceptual work that addresses the architectural, sociological, spatial or other site specific qualities of that corner of the room.
Each student must design and
an exhibit in the Northwest corner of the large CIA area Room 525. This
work should be a site specific work that explores some aspect of that
ó architectural, spatial, sociological, or whatever. It cannot
outside the marked area. It is called a mini project because it can be
a quick conceptual study and does not necessarily require the polish of
the major projects. Each student has the responsibility of deinstalling
their work and restoring the space to its pristine glory on the Friday
at the end of their assigned week. The installations run from Monday to
Friday. Other students have the responsibility to view the work and
notes about their reactions, which will be shared at the next group
Art Futures Career Analysis Thursday 2/21
Students are asked to generate
"Arts Futures" essay in which they identify their own goals related to
their art activities in the next years. One class session (2/21) will
devoted to discussing art options. (see guidelines below)
Reading/Theory Discussion - Thursday 4/17
Students are asked to read at
3 articles related to cyber culture and issues in art & technology.
At the class meeting each member will be asked to identify a critical
raised in each reading as a stimulus to discussion. Suggestions for
can be found in the CIA links pages.
Community Events/shows/lectures (to be scheduled)
Students are asked to attend
least 3 events related to issues in art & technology. .
Please write a reflection on your experiences this semester related
to art 610. What have you learned? What accomplished? What
has been read? What has been problematic? Please include an
indication of the grade your would recommend to represent your effort
(no guarantee but I will consider it.). Standard guidelines for
cia self evaluations are at: http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/cdmain/selfevaluation.html
Summary of Tentative Dates
|Thurs 2/7 (project 1 proposal)||Thurs 2/21 (art futures)||Thurs
possibly also tues 3/11
(project 2 proposal posted)
meeting to discuss proposals
|April 12 Senior Show (all 610 present in cia show)||Thurs 4/17
|Thurs 5/8 (final presentations
Mini-site ( to be
Community Events - (individual scheduling)
Being an Artist in the 00's will not be easy. The old career paths are under assault pragmatically, economically and conceptually. On the other hand, culture industries are changing so that old categories such as high and low culture, mass media and fine art, commercial and non-commercial are being questioned. New technologies and industries are emerging in forms that cannot be anticipated. New opportunities exist but they will require vision, initiative, and persistence to realize.
Each student is asked to write a two-page reflection on career hopes and goals and analysis of steps to be taken. This document should be carefully thought out and produced on a word processor. Obviously, many of these ideas may be tentative at this time, but it is useful to continue to formulate and refine them. Try to answer questions such as the following:
A class session will be scheduled to discuss these reflections and to consider concrete information related to the following: