Building Education for the Commons

GCAS Course, Ecological Thinking in Art

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ART 597 – Ecological Thinking in Art

Join Rebecca Weisman, Director of the Institute for the Arts at GCAS, in an exciting and meaningful exchange of creative and philosophical ideas about eco-critical thinking and making. This seminar will combine discussion of theoretical and philosophical approaches to eco-critical thinking with direct production of art works. In the first half of the course we will explore ideas of Dark Ecology (Morton) and other strains of philosophical inquiry such as eco-feminism, and psychoanalytic theory in relationship to eco-critical thought. We will also familiarize ourselves with contemporary artists whose work engages these ideas, as well as concepts in Contemporary Art of site-specificity, Land Art, relational aesthetics and activism in art. During the second half of the course students will produce an artwork or performance that elucidates and articulates some strain of this thought, and develop and critique the work within a supportive group environment as well as through weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one exchanges with the professor. The end of the course will culminate in a presentation of this work to the group and possibilities for presenting to the larger GCAS community and public.


Meeting Times: Sunday, March 8- April 19 (no class 3/29), 3-5 PM EST

Course Prerequisites:

This course is geared towards serious makers and those with an active art practice, though this is loosely defined and can include any process/medium. Students should be self-directed in their disciplines, and prepared to share their work or process utilizing the online platform (help with this will be available).

Required Books and Materials:

Reading List (finalized syllabus will be available upon registration):
Timothy Morton, “Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”. Harvard, 2009.

Timothy Morton, “Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World”. University of Minnesota, 2013.

Jane Bennett, “Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things”. Duke University, 2010.Andrew Brown, “Art and Ecology Now”. Thames and Hudson, 2014.

Lucy Lippard, “Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West”. The New Press, 2014.

Mark Dion, “Den”. Forlaget Press, 2014.


Register to take courses and get your GCASmoodle login info at – Spring 2015  Registration

If you have a GCASmoodle account you can enroll via GCASmoodle.


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