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FINAR-604

Full title: "Re-presenting experience: an assessment of the figure within landscape." A lone figure, dwarfed by the immensity of nature, confronted and challenged by the ferocious splendor and magnificence of the surroundings in which s/he is engulfed is a common theme ubiquitous throughout many mid-19th century Romantic landscape paintings. This will provide us with a point of departure, leading the class through an examination of the relationship between Landscape, figure and the representation of experience. Observing whether language has a limited ability to truly represent lived experience, we shall begin by asking whether there is an inherent frustration in such re-presentation, and if so, what consequences this my have on the principles of making artwork that is produced in response to the visceral, ineffable nature of feeling. The class will embark on a series of field trips where students will be encouraged to acknowledge the environment in relation to discussions and (minimal) readings. Using photography, video, performance or installation we will observe the landscape as context, subject and medium, endeavouring to produce works in response to the site via critical acknowledgement of the history of Landscape-based art. Works produced will be brought together in an off-campus exhibition that will aim to address the current implications of presenting or becoming a figure within a landscape. The class will meet on the following dates: September 23rd and 24th, October 21st and 22nd, November 18th and 19th, and December 2nd and 3rd.