"Public space is always political and strategic." -Krzysztof Wodiczko
Increasingly humanity, and especially urban dwellers, is being called upon to forestall and recover from disruptions to built, social and natural systems. Urban resilience, the ability of a city to withstand crisis, is predicated upon adaptability, diversity and self-organization. Increasingly, the arts are looked to as the creative force thru which a city can respond, reshape and create the transformation of space to place rooted in possibility, imagination, critique and change. In this course, students will explore the ways in which an art practice within an urban context enters the discourse of the city, and possibly changes that discourse. Through studio projects, students will explore creating works in the context of Baltimore city that might respond to, or address urban issues such as race relations, shifting economic forces, livability, privilege, power, education, sustainability, poverty, urban planning, architecture, history and access - to name just a few. Methodologies of contextual practice will be explored which might include, urban intervention, new genres in public art, street art, relational esthetics, social practice, institutional critique, culture hacking and tactical urbanism. Students will produce temporary experimental works throughout the semester, as well as a final fully realized work within Baltimore City. Students will also examine the art historical precedence of these practices and the theoretical contexts thru lectures and readings.
Prerequisite: Earned credit or concurrent enrollment in FF 130