Spring 2011/12, Lecture: Mikala Hyldig Dal, Practical: Julien Schmid, Mona Diab

If a shadow is a two-dimensional projection of the three-dimensional world, then the three-dimensional world as we know it is the projection of the four-dimensional Universe. [Marcel Duchamp]

Project description: This course will explore in theory and practice the spatial strategies of installation and media art. A lecture series will offer a historical overview on the topic, while the practical part of the course will be concerned with "translating" the spatial concepts of early (media) art using contemporary technologies.

Objectives & Structure: The lecture gives an overview of how varying spatial concepts through time have framed and deeply influenced cultural notions of art and artwork. Taking as a point of departure the collaged “salon hanging” of 19th century Paris, we will revisit the concept of “pure space” present in the late-modern “white cube gallery” and conclude by discussing current tendencies towards a re-contextualisation of art into specific space. Students will be encouraged to present the works of individual media/installation artists while reflecting on the spatial strategies asserted.

Project aims: This course aims at enabling students to develop refined strategies when dealing with the spatial dimension of conceptualizing and presenting their works. We will sensibilise the students to the philosophical, social and artistic category of space while giving a broad overview of modern and contemporary notable artists and their approaches to spatial matters.

Keywords: Installation art, new media, art history, media philosophy, white cube, art in context / TOOLS: various

Lecture: Tuesday, Gr1 & Gr2 - 3rd slot, 12:30pm-14:00pm
First appointment: Tuesday 21st of February 2012 in MD STUDIO 2nd floor

Practical: Tuesday, Gr1 - 1st and 2nd slots, 08:30am-12:00pm
First appointment: Tuesday 28th of February 2012, 10:30 am

Thursday, Gr2 - 1st and 2nd slots, 08:30am-12:00pm
First appointment: Thursday 1st of March 2012, 10:30 am

Course e-mail:

Assignments lists:
Research: Marcel Duchamp, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola, Pipilotti Rist, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Felix Gonzales Torres, Ann Hamilton, Stelarc, Olafur Eliason, Tracey Emin, Wael Shawky, Arab media lab, art+com, Transmediale, Ars Electronica


Template group page <-- (open and copy content for your own project)

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Group 5 "the little prince"
Group 6 "the baby"
Group 7 "sound and dancing"
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Week Description Presentation on class Assignment Deadline
WEEK 01 / 21. February Course Introduction
WEEK 02 / 28. February (Lecture) Inside the white cube - the ideology of the gallery space (Brian O'Doherty) Marcel Ducamp
WEEK 03 / 6. March (Lecture) The gallery space as discourse - conceptual art. Nam June Paik (nada harfoush, rana elgohary, belal el said) Bruce Nauman (hind esnat, lamia diab)
WEEK 04 / 13. March (Lecture) The gallery space as discourse - spatial strategies. Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola
WEEK 05 / 13. March (Lecture) Words, moments, meanings. Text-based installation art. Mona Hatoum (Nissmah, Roba, Abla), Anish Kapoor (Aboelwafa)
WEEK 06 / 20. March (Lecture) Text-based installation art. Felix Gonzales Torres
WEEK 07 / 27 March (Lecture)
WEEK 08 / 3 April (Lecture) Involving the public
WEEK 09 / 10 April (Lecture) Involving the public
WEEK 10 / 17 April (Lecture) no lecture
WEEK 11 / 24 April (Lecture) Body Connections - Establishing (im)material connections Ann Hamilton (Ali Heiraze), Stelarc (May Farray), Olafur Eliason (Loai Nabil, Seif Khaled), Tracey Emin (Nadine Hafez, Nour, Nermin)
WEEK 12 / 30 April no lecture (activity week)
WEEK 13 / 8 May (Lecture) Polyphonies - The Exhibition Space as Containers of Multiple Voices Arab media lab (Girsi Mankarious), art+com (El Shahab), Transmediale (El Shahab), Ars Electronica (Seif Hazem, Miral, Mia)
WEEK 14 / 15 April (Lecture) Presentations - final chance to present an artist on class.
WEEK 15 / 22 April (Lecture) Last session - work Presentations

Course weights: Final 55%, Assignments 25%, Classwork 20% (artist presentations in the lecture, semester project presentations on the wiki)