In this course we will investigate notions of surface as material ground for projected light/images, as visual, sensory and cognitive zones of expanded space, and as landscape for actual and psychogeographic exploration.
By exploring the sites of wall/canvas/screen/field as locations where materials, surfaces and contexts combine, we will see how architecture, film/video, digital media, textiles, painting, land art, sculpture and fashion, are mediated by surface relations. In our contemporary context, these relations often fuse together, pass through, or bounce off each other, and so accrue as layered complexities of space and materiality, which, in the words of Guiliana Bruno, operate as 1"mediated transfers of states of mid, feelings, and moods unfolding between persons across surface space."
These concepts will be introduced through readings, lectures and studio projects. Students will be encouraged to bring their own work into the conversation and re/consider it through class discussion around these topics, so as to develop and challenge their current practice.
This course is inspired by Guiliana Bruno 2014 book "Surface: Aesthetics, Materiality & Media" which will be a core text.
We will consider works by the following (amongst others): Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Tacita Dean, Anthony McCall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Luis Barragan, Isaac Julien, Wong Kar-wai, Sophie Tottie, Krzystof Wodiczko, Tara Donovan, Sarah Oppenheimer, Robert Wilson, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, Maya Lin, Brian Tolle, and Gordon Matta-Clark.