4.301
Introduction to Artistic Experimentation

Lab Fee: 
Per-term $75 fee after Add Date; SMACT students are exempt
Enrollment: 
Limited to 20
Open only to: 
Undergraduates
Required of: 
Restricted elective for BSAD, Arch minor, Design minor

This course draws inspiration from the notion of a “daemon.” For ancient Greeks, a daemon referred to a divinity, a being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit, or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required.

This course introduces artistic practice and critical visual thinking through three studio-based projects using different scales and media—for instance, “Body Extension,” “Shaping Time,” “Making Public,” and/or “Networked Cultures.” Each project concludes with a final presentation and critique. Students explore sculptural, architectural, performative artistic methods; video and sound art; site interventions and strategies for artistic engagement in the public realm. Lectures, screenings, guest presentations, field trips, readings, and debates supplement studio practice. The course also introduces students to the historic, cultural, and environmental forces that affect both the development of an artistic vision and the reception of a work of art.

Open to undergraduates only. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. For more information: mjahn@mit.edu

Students taking a production-based ACT class will be charged a $75 lab fee after the add date on a semester basis. The fee covers the cost of student production materials used as part of the class.