DP2: Work in Public

The second semester of Dialogues & Practices deepens the contact and critical focus of the first semester and also serves as the central class that prepares the first-year students for their advancement review, which occurs at the end of the second semester. One of the central focuses of Dialogues & Practices 2 is on cultivating individual methods of experimentation within a students practices, with the aim of moving their work either conceptually, formally or materially well beyond the level and quality of work with which they entered the program. This section of Dialogs & Practices concentrates on how to make research public. In preparation for your advancement review, the class will consider methods of making experiments visible, and siting outcomes of research as works or supporting materials, in the form of exhibitions, performances, interventions in public space, or other manifestations. Some questions that will be asked in relation to your practice over the semester are ? How does research take form? What happens to experiments when they become public? What does it mean to make things public, to make things for a public, and to put work into public space? Is public dialog an extension of the work? And perhaps most importantly, what is at stake?