LOVE PLAY POLITICS

A Social Practice Seminar Social practice is an art form that doesn’t just make things, it makes things happen. Could you imagine art as a riot, a coffee shop talk show, an immigrant resource center, a post disaster street play, a prisoners dream house, or an invisible country? These projects show a shift within contemporary art […]

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CLASS NOT A CLASS

This is not a class. It is an artwork. Even when it appears to have all the characteristics of a class (e.g. students, a teacher, a meeting time, a syllabus, assignments, a classroom space, grades, course credit, teaching and learning, etc.) it will never be a class. Much like René Magritte’s famous The Treachery of […]

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Pressing Issues

PRESSING ISSUES is a student-led course that is fully immersed in external projects and opportunities that are ongoing during the semester. The goal of Pressing Issues is to come together to conduct research, share knowledge, and work within the field of contemporary publication. There is one assignment: TO MAKE A PUBLIC. In September 2017, a group […]

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class publication

Cultural Production Workshop

Socially Engaged Art and Participatory Art practices seek to create social transformation and change using approaches borrowed from education, curating, hospitality, environmentalism, performance and institutional critique. Through an analysis of art criticism, curatorial practice (with a focus on work by Indigenous and Black curators and artists), history of museums, and art projects, students will work […]

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Signifying Practices: Intro to Art Making and Critical Thinking

The purpose of this class is to prepare you to be an interesting, knowledgeable and productive artist citizen (culture maker) in the 21 century. This course is designed as an introduction to theoretical perspectives from many fields and discourses, now often grouped under the heading Visual Culture studies. We will become a community of learners […]

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There is an extensive history of artists making artwork in the context of their university classroom, of incorporating methods of teaching as an artistic practice, and of collaborating with students to realize works of art. For example, Joseph Beuys who was influenced by educator Rudolf Steiner, was known to develop his course on the spot […]

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Outdoor School

OUTDOOR SCHOOL is a unique multi-disciplinary and experiential course where students will participate in activities that examine recent developments in contemporary art, including social practices, site-specific interventions, and the use of ephemeral live materials including plants. The course is taught by Diane Borsato at the University of Guelph, Canada.

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Image Resources

The galleries in this section reference contemporary art works related to the residencies, and can be used as curricular references for educators, artists, and reserachers.

Image Resources

Upside Down and Backwards

Residencies

What would it mean to conceptualize the “classroom as a work of art?” Exploring this potential, a series of residencies were created in various educational sites.

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