DP2: Potential Form

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 II is on cultivating individual methods of experimentation within 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. Defining whether a work of art is good or bad establishes a limited criteria for looking at art. Instead what if we asked, Do I want to keep looking at this art? "Does this art make me ask questions?" "Is this art generative?" And what if we asked these questions, not with the goal of making a judgment about whether the art is good or bad, but as the first step of a method that seeks to access a realm of infinite forms? When we look at work asking these questions new possibilities arise. Something we previously thought to be bad or not working may now seem like something to build upon. It's also possible that asking these questions will create considerable confusion. In this context being confused and allowing ourselves to be confused could be very productive. For, when we reach the limit of what we know we know, we will at once be confused but also stimulated and possibly inspired by the unknown. In this class we will call this unknown the Manifold of Potential Form. The Manifold of Potential Form is a state space where all possible art works and ideas already exist. Contacting this infinity of potential forms creates the possibility of making work that operates intersubjectively. The work becomes a conceptual machine in this way. It is generative and it creates questions and produces feelings in the viewer; it is communicating or communing. Communing is good because it promotes health. Health is good, categorically. The class will consist primarily of studio critiques. There will also be a small amount of reading, an artist studio visit and one field trip.