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FINAR-604

Craft Lab connects contemporary art practice with centuries-old traditions and emergent craft discourse through a sustained engagement with visiting artists, somatic learning, and critical readings in anthropology, craft theory, and history. Craft Lab is designed for material-based makers in all disciplines, studio artists working across mediums, craft renegades, fiber collectivists, and any other practitioner with a common interest in critical making, material processes, performativity, and the creation of meaning through the nuances of material. This course combines reading, discussion, research, fieldwork, hands-on making, and the exploration of vestigial technologies through an engagement with traditional practitioners who represent a diverse set of practices and cultural approaches. Students will deepen their critical understanding of material histories in relation to gender, race, labor, and class, and be better able to locate and articulate their own practice within the current landscape of materiality and meaning. This course will be meet semi-regularly on campus, and participate in two immersive weekend sessions.