Course Description: Installation Art is based on the merger of Space and Time and on a relationship between the artist and the visitor. Utilizing your interests and abilities in a variety of subjects and media, you will create environments that immerse the viewer in a sensory/ intellectual/ emotional experience. The material and methods you use can range from everyday objects, to highly personalized forms, from appropriated sounds to surveillance video, from large wall drawings to interactive switches for the participant to manipulate. They can involve found materials or purchased materials. (Determining what you can afford to do is always part of the artistic process). The class will consist of demonstrations of art skills particularly useful in installation (sculptural, video, audio, interactive media, graphic presentation etc), presentations by the professor, research and reports and journal entries, weekly critiques, one small and one larger project with exhibition at the end of the semester.
Installation Art is very fluid, eclectic and inclusive. It continues to change over time, from early Dada exhibitions to community-involved constructions. The idea that materials and concepts are brought together in a temporary exhibition is something that is typical of Installation art. Sometimes it is based on location or history of a space or region. (Although installations are now reinstalled in a variety of locations and purchased)
Some approaches seen in contemporary Installation Art include: obsessive-compulsive collecting and arranging of material, sensory immersion for the participants, the use of tactile/sensual materials, sculptural forms and contraptions, large scale drawing, interactive media, found objects, hand crafted objects. The concepts include a use of paradox/ exaggeration, overwhelming spectacle, references to museums and public institutions, fantasy narratives and socio/political actions that can involve the community, to name a few.
Today Installation Art is a pervasive, varied, global practice for art-making that acts as a gathering place for expression in all media addressing all subjects in a wide range of styles by broad grouping of artists. If this category of art making is so broad, how is it different from other forms of visual art? How can we define it at all? Here are some attributes from an evolving definition.
SPACE for the viewer to enter that allow for
Be Curious, playful, dedicated, innovative and unafraid of risk.
Develop metaphors, irony and mystery in your work while avoiding clichés.
Develop an understanding of Time and Space as vocabulary for your aesthetic explorations.
What is the relationship of your idea to a specific time and place?
Understand the use of multiple senses to appreciate an art project.
Structure your time well and pay attention to detail.
Love your materials.
Anchor your work in its appropriate context: historically, culturally, socially, aesthetically.
and with regard to other courses you are taking through research and presentations.
Learn how to control and care equipment to the degree needed to produce your work.
Make art in relationship to others: your class, your community and beyond.