In the past decade or so, dozens of new forums featuring writing by artists and designers have emerged (think Design Observer, Dot Dot Dot, Triple Canopy, Cabinet, F.R. David, Mousse, Creative Time Reports, and Journal for Artistic Research, to name a few), and whether by cause or effect, artists and designers are contributing to cultural discourse like never before. This year-long course invites grads from all disciplines to explore and practice writing, editing, and producing for publics and publications. The course takes place over the entire year, meeting biweekly in Fall and Spring and once in Wintersession, and comprises two concurrent parts:
1) A literature review of some of the above publications (and others, collectively determined), including visits with some of their editors and writers, culminating in individual annotated bibliographies and an article submission;
2) The class will become the staff of the newly revived "RISD Grad Book"-envisioning, commissioning, editing, writing for, and (pending graphic design expertise among the class) designing this annual view into RISD's graduate education, in both print and online forms.
Throughout, we will write, with a focus on developing an audience, a purpose, a voice, and a relationship between art and design practice and writing, as well as an ability to navigate page and screen and the text-image-sound affordances of digital media. All forms of writing-scholarly, journalistic, critical, experimental, electronic, image- or design-driven, or hybrid-are welcome. The course combines guest lectures, seminar-style discussions of readings, workshop-style discussions of student writings, presentations of annotated bibliographies and submissions, hands-on editorial work, peer review, and intensive one-on-one feedback from the instructors. Upon completing the course, students will demonstrate knowledge of available publications and platforms, awareness of who their audiences/publics are, and wide-ranging skills applicable to a variety of writing contexts.
Note: course meets bi-weekly (every other Friday) in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 on FRIDAYS, 1:10-4:10pm and on one full day in Wintersession 2016. Spring schedule: February 19, March 4, 18, April 8, 22 and May 6, 2016.