The meeting with (Alighiero) Boetti changed my life in a day. One of the first things he advised me to do when in conversation with artists (and designers) was always to ask them about their unrealized projects. I have done it ever since.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator
Perhaps if the next generation of artists emerges more committed to the public sphere, more able to articulate the complexity of their intent, less intimidated by social ambivalences, they will feel more confident to insist that their essential importance to society be more greatly acknowledged. If they enter society clear about their role and purpose, perhaps society will take them more seriously and come to understand that in denying artists their rightful place in public consciousness, we are in fact negating the most creative part of ourselves individually and collectively and in so doing as also damning our future to one without experimentation and the vision needed to give it meaning.
Carol Becker, Scholar, writer
Funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (Marketplace Empowerment Program) and open to all graduate students in all disciplines, this "professional practices" and contemporary identities of creativity course explores models, philosophies, strategies, agilities, adaptive skills, conditions and resources crucial to developing and communicating self-aware, diverse, sustainable, relevant, and evolving practices in art and design. The course utilizes and entangles several themes and metaphors - work, money, love - that characterize and form the many possible shapes of a life-long creative life and practice. Work explores labor, manufacturing/fabrication, studio space and work environments, independent, collaborative, and diversified practice. Money tackles legal and financial literacy, markets, grants, and fundraising. Love invites students into writing, thinking, and making as discovery, collaboration, ethics, engagement, commitment, and persistence. Other topics include "dangerous self-sufficiency," self-repair, attractions, exclusions, and multiple and mutable identities of artists, designers, and creative workers.
We will act as a research group on professional issues in art and design. The goal is to experiment in democratic, flexible forms of pedagogy in which we support one another in thinking critically and expansively about the work we want to do, the ideas we want to cultivate, and the lives we choose to live. In other words, we all will contribute and create content. In addition to the instructor and students/participants in the course, visiting artists, designers, scholars, and other practitioners provide presentations, workshops, activities, and assignments over sustained meetings to broaden and deepen levels of inquiry, dialogue, and exchange-based experience.