4.307 / 4.308
Art, Architecture and Urbanism in Dialogue — What Do Oysters Eat For Lunch? Heavy Metal(s) in the Derwent Ecosophy

4.307 ⎯ undergraduate Subject
4.308 ⎯ graduate Subject

Engages dialogue between architecture, urbanism and contemporary art from the perspective of the critical artistic practices. Thematically investigates ideas of ecologically engaged practices, environmental remediation, and critical site intervention. Includes examples of artistic praxis along with architectural and urban approaches. Focuses on interventions by practitioners who intertwine the three disciplines.

This course will culminate in an exhibition of student collaborative and individual proposals on the site of MoNA - the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania in January during IAP. Students will research the complex ecological, social, historical and industrial landscape of the Derwent Estuary. Investigation will focus on heavy metal and industrial pollution in the area and developing critical art responses. Students will individually focus on unique aspects of the site, and develop speculative design proposals responding to the research in the class. Students will also collaborate to create a full-scale “mobile island” model: an experimental mesocosm to intervene the Derwent Estuary ecosystem. Students will develop the mobile island in addition to working prototypes of their own projects.

The class will introduce students to relevant precedents from the architectural, art, and urbanism historical and contemporary work as well as relevant agricultural or technological research pertinent to heavy metal pollution. Artists and thinkers who will be covered include: Simon Starling, Marjetica Potrc, N55, Gyorgy Kepes, Tomas Saraceno, Eduardo Kac, Critical Art Ensemble, and Arts Catalyst, et al. The class will include visiting lectures and critics from: TORO Lab, Marko Peljhan, Rob La Frenais. 4.307 will also work in tandem with 4.330-331 which will be developing networked and participatory component for the project in Tasmania.

Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. There will be an application process if the class is over-enlisted beyond its 10-student capacity. Lab fee: $110.