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VISST-3000-10: Environmental Art/Environmental Justice

Spring 2021

Subject: Visual Studies
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: January 25, 2021 — May 09, 2021
Meetings: Wed 9:30-10:55AM
Instructor: Karen (Ren) Fiss

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 15/16


VISST-3000 seminars continue developing students' visual analysis and research skills while providing students the opportunity for in-depth study of the visual/structural artifacts associated with a particular topic, region, or movement. Students will also engage with the relevant primary/secondary literature for the specific topic/theme. Courses will pay particular attention to the larger cultural, historical, and theoretical/ideological contexts in which the visual artifacts and structures under consideration were created. This course cannot fulfill the VISST-2000 requirement.Section DescriptionHow does nature and the environment shape the ways we understand ourselves and our world? This course explores how the visual arts engage with nature and the environment, emphasizing that social, racial and environmental justice are inextricably linked to each other. We will draw from a wide range of practices and strategies, with an emphasis on indigenous voices and activism, in order to learn from their sustained political efforts. This course is part of a loose collaboration called the “E-school,” which, along with courses taught by Kim Anno, Janette Kim, and Mia Feuer, will share guest speakers and projects across our four classes at various points during the semester. Students will be invited to experiment with different forms of visual practice, analysis and communication in relation to the environment and the urgent ecological issues we currently face.

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