Art H 456/556

Art and/in the Anthropocene (Special Topics in Contemporary Art)

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This course will examine how anti-anthropocentric perspectives reorient artistic production in the 21st century, with particular attention to debate surrounding the so-called ‘Anthropocene.’ The Anthropocene, as a political term, has increasingly found itself at the center of contemporary discourse in the arts, with numerous books, exhibitions, articles and journals devoted to it. Readings will examine contemporary debates surrounding Anthropogenic climate change and the impact of such debates on art practice and scholarship.

Students will be expected to engage with the course “research-creationally” — bringing scholarly attention to arts practice and artistic attention to academic scholarship.

Required Books:

  1. Donna Haraway, The Companion Species Manifesto , Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003.

  2. Thomas King, The Truth About Stories, University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

  3. Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, Art in the Anthropocene, Open Humanities Press, 2015.

  4. Eben Kirksey, The Multispecies Salon, Duke University Press, 2014.