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The Thinging Body

  • Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists's Residency 3435 Rupprecht Way MI, 49453 United States (map)

Danny Giles

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.