Foundations in Art, Design and Spatial Practices

4.111 or 4.021 or 4.02A
Required of: 
Course 4 undergraduates, Design minors
Preference Given to: 
Course 4 majors and minors

We will imagine an island and think about different ways an island could be created. As this is an island of the future, about the future we will speculate how art, design and architecture could evolve on the island. To be able to construct different storylines, we will try to understand our own creativity and knowledge production. We’ll do simple exercises to define individual and collective creativity and on the other hand we will analyze conditions in which such creativity can take place.

Many scientific, literary and political hypotheses about the world have been generated through real and imagined islands by, for examples, Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Charles Darwin. Islands have been used as testing grounds (islands for hazardous biological disease testing — Plum, Gru-inard and Vozrozhdeniya Island; nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll …). Islands have functioned both as places to think with and places to work with. The binary essence of an island (not water, not mainland) makes it an effective metaphor to negotiate relations between real and imaginary, utopia and dysto-pia, self and other, centre and periphery, present and future.

As we will build our new worlds we will look back to our present situation and in parallel work on three different concrete design challenges:

  • ongoing design and construction of a floating pavilion “Futurity Island” in Venice for this year’s Archi-tectural Biennial
  • related ongoing design and construction of a sculptural pavilion in the rice fields of Echigo-Tsumari region in Japan

ACT undergraduate courses are not open to graduate students.