The Thinging Body


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453

PERF 606 001/SCULPT 653 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $100

Contemporary artists often create works that employ the body as sculpture, or that look to prod the relationship between our bodies and the object world. Avant-garde social theories and advancements in technology in the 20th century spurred theories of objecthood and materiality in society—conversations that continue to shape contemporary discourse on identity politics, political theory and artistic production. This class will approach sculpture and performance practices through attention to various “thing theories,” object-oriented ontology, phenomenology, semiotics, and socio-economics to investigate the boundaries and overlaps in our conceptions of identity, thingness and culture.   


LYRIC, still from single channel video (6:39min) documentation of performance/installation, 2016

LYRIC, still from single channel video (6:39min) documentation of performance/installation, 2016

Faculty

Danny Giles combines a range of mediums and tactics to give form to political and metaphysical positions. His practice attempts to represent performative states of dispossession and to redress oppressive and exploitative systems. Giles received his BFA from SAIC and his MFA from Northwestern University. Giles attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has held residencies at Mana Contemporary, High Concept Laboratories, Illinois State University and Sector 2337. Recent exhibitions include LYRIC at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago and Vicinity at Shane Campbell Gallery, and Remembrancer at Sector 2337.