v.1 is RISD's new graduate student-run publication (first issue to launch in May 2016). It is written, edited, designed, illustrated, and produced by RISD graduate students in all disciplines, in the context of this full-year course, with additional contributions from the graduate community at large. (The class meets biweekly in Fall and Spring, for a total of 3 credits. It is expected that students will enroll in both semesters.) The course is composed of two overlapping parts: 1.) a seminar investigating experimental contemporary art, design, cultural, and scholarly publications (in print, online, and live) that feature writing by artists and designers (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 2.) a studio in which the class becomes the v.1 staff-envisioning and making this annual view into what matters to our graduate community and the world beyond. 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 ongoing feedback from the instructor. Artists and designers are contributing to cultural discourse like never before, and writing today takes many forms-scholarly, journalistic, critical, experimental, electronic, image- or design-driven, or hybrid. Together we develop not just a publication (whose form and content will change year to year, hence always being "volume 1"), but significant relationships between writing, art and design practice, and contributing to public discourse.
Graduate elective - seminar