ART IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

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Join Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones next summer in this immersive studio art class where students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context.

UC Santa Cruz Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad programs offer students an international experience with UC Santa Cruz faculty. These programs encompass UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad, with excursions and cultural activities enhanced by the location. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 12-25 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience.

IN THIS IMMERSIVE STUDIO ART CLASS, STUDENTS CREATE SITE-RESPONSIVE SCULPTURES, DRAWINGS, PERFORMANCES AND INSTALLATIONS THAT EXPLORE ART IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT. USING THE RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE OF CENTRAL EUROPE AS SITE AND LOCALE, THE CLASS WILL TRAVEL TO CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUMS, CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SITES IN PRAGUE AND BERLIN (1 WEEK), THEN CREATE RESPONSIVE ARTWORKS ON-SITE AT ARTMILL’S CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY, IN THE BOHEMIAN COUNTRYSIDE, CZECH REPUBLIC (2 WEEKS). STUDIO ASSIGNMENTS, LECTURES, CONCEPTUAL, FABRICATION PRACTICES AND CRITIQUE WILL BE LED BY UCSC PROFESSOR DEE HIBBERT-JONES; ARTIST AND WRITER BARBARA BENISH, DIRECTOR OF ARTMILL, AS WELL AS VISITING FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC. STUDENTS WILL CREATE ORIGINAL ARTWORKS THAT EXPLORE THE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OBJECT-MAKING, PLACE-MAKING, AESTHETICS AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT THROUGH FOUR THEMED PROJECTS WITH A STRONG EMPHASIS ON ART AND SUSTAINABILITY. WORKING WITH FOUND OBJECTS ON SITE, PERFORMANCE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND NEW MEDIA STUDENTS WILL CREATE SITE RESPONSIVE WORK THERE WILL BE A FINAL EXHIBITION ON-SITE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. OUR THEMED TOPICS ARE:​

  • GLOBAL (IM)MOBILITY: FREE MARKETS, ART FAIRS, NON-PLACES (ORIENTATION, TRAVEL TO MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ARTIST STUDIOS IN PRAGUE & BERLIN)

  • APPROPRIATION: FOUND OBJECTS, BORROWED CULTURES, LOCAL ORIGINS, AMERICANIZATION (ORIENTATION AT ARTMILL CENTER & STUDIOS)

  • PARTICIPATION NETWORKS: PARTICIPATION, COOPERATION, LOCAL/ GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS (PARTICIPATORY ARTWORK IN PUBLIC SPACE: PRAGUE, BOHEMIA, ARTMILL CENTER)

  • WASTELANDS: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND ECOLOGIES (SITE-SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS ARTMILL CENTER)

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