Arts 391 ST: Simulations: Public Art in the Imagination:
Proposals for Public Art in Rome
Rome is full of provocative opportunities for site-specific installation art. In this course, students will research existing architectural forms and create proposals for projects that would interact with these locations. Imagining the possibilities and creating proposals will give students experience working with conceptual and practical concerns specific to the culture and place they are living in during the semester. These projects will never be built, but because they are imaginary, students will be able to dream expansively. They will need to present their ideas AS IF they were actually applying for permission to civic institutions, and it that way will learn the components of professional artistic proposal development. This is a skill increasingly required for artists who engage in public commission competitions. Site visits and research, both historical and contemporary will be integral to project development. The proposals will benefit from the professor’s demonstrations and examples of video and photo documentation, models, drawings and writing. Presentations and discussions of contemporary art, field trips and technical demonstrations will enable completion of projects. Two to three proposals will be produced in the semester with grades for each incremental aspect of the project. Prerequisite: at least one foundational college level art course.