The Radical Imagination

Imagination gives us borders, gives us superiority, gives us race as an indicator of ability. I often feel I am trapped inside someone else’s capability. I often feel I am trapped inside someone’ else’s imagination, and I must engage my own imagination in order to break free.”

― Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

How does the use of one’s imagination spark social and systemic change in the world? What does it mean to devote one’s life to this kind of work? Blurring the lines between the creative and political experience, students will be introduced to the radical contemporary practices that interdisciplinary artists use to build creative, impactful lives. Our texts will include live and recorded performances, as well as historical and theoretical secondary sources. Every other week the class hosts a guest artist talk series featuring pioneering artists. We will take 2 to 3 field trips to surrounding cities to witness live performances, lectures, exhibitions, and/or films screenings.

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FRS 144

Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM


Jaamil Olawale Kosoko