4.314 / 4.315
Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research — Common Ground: Art, Science, Agriculture

Prerequisites: 
4.314: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
Lab Fee: 
There will be NO lab fee for Spring 2021
Enrollment: 
UG: 4.314, G: 4.315 — limited to 20
Required of: 
Arch minor restricted elective (4.314)

Annexation, greenwashing, and destructive notions of progress have all but wiped out the memory of an indigenous mythology once deeply rooted in an embodied, balanced stewardship of nature. How can the merging of artistic methodologies with agricultural practices address this loss of cultural capital?

Common Ground is a transdisciplinary experiment in learning from the land, seeking to develop a new field of inquiry at the intersection of art, science and agriculture. The history of art is also a history of agriculture, marking humanity’s complex relationship with the environment. This course will examine historic typologies of indigenous architectural and agrarian technologies, bringing them into conversation with contemporary techno-scientific and artistic discourses. Through this synthesis, our class will explore artistic methods to decolonize the social, political, economic and narrative structures that govern our relationship to nature. Following the semester, project documentation and research developed over the semester will contribute to a publication. In person not required.

The course is limited to 12 graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Applicants from across artistic and scientific disciplines are highly encouraged. Interested students should attend the first class.

Additional work required of students taking the graduate version.