Art as Research: Artifactual Fictions

Fred Wilson "Colonial Collection", 1990

Fred Wilson “Colonial Collection”, 1990












Over the past fifty years, many visual artists have taken up the process and methods of academic research as an impetus for works of art. Through readings, discussions, case studies, and studio projects, students in this class will engage the immediate context of the University as source material for their artworks, and as a means of exploring the effect that research and knowledge production might have on contemporary artistic practice. How does art produce knowledge? How does the knowledge it produces differ from that of other disciplines? In what ways do artists and researchers use similar source material to different ends?

Additional note from the instructor:

This studio class explores how research can be used as art material and inspiration for art making. In addition to readings, discussions and case studies, we will examine installation and exhibition techniques, take field trips, and work on studio projects using University collections as a departing point: as source material for artworks.







Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM


Fia Backström