final meeting

Our final is scheduled for Thursday 05/11—this means we do not have class on Tuesday 05/09. I will hold an “open house” style meeting so you can come and check in with me any time during our scheduled 90 minute final (12:30–2pm or 3:30pm–5pm). I will distribute project grades at this time and we will all chip in to clean the studio. This is also the time to turn in any revised assignments or update me on any outstanding items.

Remember that (in accordance with the Art Department) attendance on this day is mandatory to pass this course.

All course/instructor evaluations are submitted online this semester, so feel free to complete these on your own time by the May 6th deadline.

See you next week! 



open concept (final)

CRITIQUE DUE DATE: Tuesday 05/02

PROJECT TITLE: Open Concept (Final)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Create a new piece of 4D art responding to the conceptual goals of your choosing.

You are required to use at least one of the concepts/techniques/approaches we have seen in class, but feel free to supplement your work with techniques from your previous knowledge, or research and experiment with a new approach. Works will be viewed in the classroom, so if you do an installation or temporary work, bring in documentation.

This is your final project for this class and will be worth 20% of your final grade. Use this project as an opportunity to take risks, try something new, and build on what you have learned in this course.

PROPOSAL: Before you begin on your project, write a one page (double-spaced) proposal for your open concept assignment. Outline your conceptual goals, provide details for materials, equipment, and techniques you plan to employ, define final format / size, and cite any references or preliminary stylistic / historical / cultural research you have done. A hard copy of your proposal is due at the beginning of next class, Tuesday 04/25, and we will discuss them individually.

DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK REQUIREMENTS: As you work on your projects, post the following on your blog prior to critique…

  • project ideation (a paragraph about your ideas and conceptual goals before you begin work, research, sketches, work-in-progress images, etc.)
  • self-critique (a paragraph evaluating your project against your goals, and noting areas for improvement)


Tuesday 04/18 – introduce open concept assignment, begin proposals, open studio

Thursday 04/20 – no class meeting, attend Performance Art Week events

Tuesday 04/25 – proposals due, individual meetings, open studio

Thursday 04/27 – open studio

Tuesday 05/02 – critiques

RELEVANT ARTISTS: pull inspiration from the artists classmates presented last week and do independent research

PAW assignment

Next week we will be participating in Performance Art Week as a follow-up to the performance work you did earlier this semester. This assignment is worth 10% of your final grade, and you may choose one of the two assignment options below.

Note that since the schedule of events happen on both Thursday 04/20 AND Friday 04/21, we will not be having a formal class meeting on Thursday of next week — use this time to perform or attend.

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Submit a proposal for Performance Art Week and perform a piece during the event.

Complete the PAW VIII Entry Form and submit it to Jeff Lambson ( and CC me ( by this Thursday 04/13. You may propose the piece you did for our performance project, or a new or revised performance art piece. If your proposal is accepted, you will perform your work during the time assigned to you by the curators on Thursday 04/20 or Friday 04/21. 


Attend Performance Art Week and write a 3-5 page review. 

You may choose any of the events on Thursday 04/20 or Friday 04/21 to attend. Write a 3-5 page (double spaced) review comparing and contrasting two different performances you witnessed. As a guide, you should have roughly one page of introduction to the event and performance art history, a page describing and evaluating each of the two performances you witness, and a page concluding your comparisons of each of the works. Submit your papers to me either via e-mail ( or in person on Thursday 04/27.





in-class exercise (space)

Find a space on campus that you have never been before. This does not need to be the same site for your larger project. Your space may be public, but you must be the only one from your class in this space for the assignment.

Find a comfortable seat or place to lean or stand and observe the space for 30 minutes. Resist the urge to look at your phone or talk to anyone. During this time, take note of the following, and use this data to produce a space map.

  • inhabit the space (walk the perimeter, note ceiling/sky and floor/ground)
  • measure the space (traditional measurements such as inches and feet, or relative measurements such as steps, jumps, body lengths, arms, etc.)
  • listen to the space (record sounds, frequency, tempo, background and foreground noises)
  • touch the space (note temperature, moisture, texture)
  • thoughts in the space (record where your mind wanders, what you think about in the space and how many of these things are unrelated or triggered by something in the space)
  • changes in the space (how has the space changed in 30 minutes, more/less populated, changing activities, light shifts, etc.)
  • notice any other details about the space that define the experience of being there — be creative!

Bring all your data back to class and use it to create a space map. Your map can be a drawing or collage that illustrates the sensory details that someone may not see when they look at the space. Your space map should give viewers a sliver of “being there.”

project #4 [installation]

CRITIQUE DUE DATE: Tuesday 04/04 + Thursday 04/06 (sign up for dates in class on 03/14)

PROJECT TITLE: Installation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Installation art is immersive, site-specific, responds to the cultural or structural elements of place, and utilizes viewers’ many senses.

Create an immersive installation and a sensory experience that highlights a sense other than sight…

  • smell
  • sound
  • touch
  • taste

Your works can still have visual components, but consider how your installation can highlight, obscure, or abstract one of the above senses. Install your work in a nearby location, or utilize gallery 199. Respond specifically to the location you chose and create an artwork that could not exist anywhere else. A “place” in this case can be a room, a corner of the gallery, a hallway, a park bench, a broom closet, a crevice under the stairs, etc.

All works will be experienced first hand during critique. No documentation for this project! All students will sign up for a critique day and your work must be installed for us to view on that day.

Since this project requires you to spend time in a specific location outside of the classroom, there is an OFF-SITE open studio day scheduled for you to work. Off-site time is independent work time and may be spent location scouting, finding supplies, constructing elements, or installing. There will be no formal class meeting on this day, and no attendance will be taken.

DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK REQUIREMENTS: As you work on your projects, post the following on your blog prior to critique…

  • in-class exercise
  • project ideation (a paragraph about your ideas and conceptual goals before you begin work, research, sketches, work-in-progress images, etc.)
  • self-critique (a paragraph evaluating your project against your goals, and noting areas for improvement)


(Note a couple changes from the original syllabus)

Tuesday 03/14 – introduce assignment, in-class activity, open studio

Thursday 03/16 – off-site work day*

Tuesday 03/21 + Thursday 03/23 – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS

Tuesday 03/28 – in-class open studio, individual midterm reviews

Thursday 03/30 – in-class open studio

Tuesday 04/04 – first critique day, projects installed by students who signed up for this day

Thursday 04/06 – second critique day, projects installed by students who signed up for this day

RELEVANT ARTISTS / LECTURE RECAP: Sissel TolaasMika RottenbergKohei Toshiyuki, Snarkitecture