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Full title: "In Search of the Hypothetical" 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. For artists there is a semi-constant interplay between the hypothetical and the real. This course will focus on the student's work as they explore moving from idea generating to actualization. Through critiques, a field trip, student artist talks and a minimal amount of readings students will attempt to find their own balance between the imagined and the actual.