In this studio course open to all, we’ll ramble in the unknown searching for embodied philosophy, thinking art-making, and clarity that’s open for revision. As is fitting for our subject, we’ll ask many questions. Is uncertainty a requirement for truly creative processes? In cultural and creative times of uncertainty, how do we find our centers and is that even a goal? What tools can dance, somatic, and artistic practices offer for existing within uncertainty? Can uncertainty help us understand others? What are the ethical implications of uncertainty in life and art? We’ll move, read, and create together, design substantial final projects.
Sample reading list:
Lyn Hejinian, The Rejection of Closure
Ann Snitow, The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Tariq Ramadan, The Problems of Being Called a Muslim Intellectual
Merce Cunningham, Space, Time and Dance
bell hooks, Postmodern Blackness
John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty: A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action
Ongoing creative and reflective assignments (approx. 2 hours outside class/week): Reading, viewing live and videotaped performances (approx. 2 hours outside class/week, several short response papers and final project.
This course is designed for all students, whether new to or experienced in dance and/or art making practices. It meets twice a week. Attendance in all classes and completion of all work required including: creative assignments, papers, and participation in final project is required to pass the course. There are seats reserved for each class year. All unused reserved seats will be released to all class years for further enrollment during the Add/Drop period.