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UDIST-3000-2: Intersectionality: Labor in the Arts

Fall 2021

Subject: Upper Level Interdisciplinary Studio
Type: Workshop
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: September 01, 2021 — December 14, 2021
Mon 11:00AM-01:00PM
Mon 8:00-10:00AM
Instructor: Vreni Michelini-Castillo

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 16/15 Waitlist


Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studios extend a student's cross-school experience from Core Studio up into their upper division years. 3 units of Interdisciplinary Studio are required of all majors and must be completed in the junior or senior year. This advanced level studio is thematic in nature. Technical demonstrations are paired with thoughtful readings, seminar discussions and ambitious projects. Collaboration, experimentation and presentation skills are developed in concert with critical thinking.Section DescriptionIn this lab, we will learn about the intersectional history of labor in the arts. Utilizing Kimberle Crenshaw's theoretical framework, we will examine how colonization affected the formation of art institutions—from its philosophy and modes of operation to present-day labor practices. We will delve through texts and media that analyze how the current power configurations within various fields (visual arts, art history, architecture, design, cinema) create poverty, sustain oppressive mechanisms, deliberately harm sectors of the art community and pollute our environment. Simultaneously, we will come to understand and investigate the importance of counter sensibilities & practices that existed throughout time to the present day and are opening the way for the forthcoming. Our course has two major components, theory and practice, through which we will reflect and act on the importance of an intersectional analysis on labor practices in all art and design disciplines.

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