This class is a rigorous investigation of one's practice, process and production as a photographer and/or cultural producer. It's a production class with an emphasis on looking at ones process (how you think through and develop ideas) as well as studio/ life practices and artistic production. We will read and discuss texts that encourage both artistic development and issues of personal voice. For example we will look at artist manifestos, statements and interviews as well as writings about the creative process and the business of being an artist. We will also study the methods of group and self critique. There are two main project objectives in the class, one is the thorough emersion into ones own work (with a consciousness around work habits) and the other will be a class collaboration in proposing, curating, promoting and hanging of at least one group show. Students will be expected to work on an ongoing body of work for the entire semester.
The class will focus on the development and completion of a single body of work- from concept to finished portfolio- while working through a variety of creative strategies: installation, publication/artist multiple, and web-based projects. The coursework will require each student to address their own processand personal vision as a photographer and cultural producer, withan emphasis placed on real-world skills required to advance and sustain your practice.