Punk shows, political demonstrations, and improvisational concerts are examples of events where the visual, physical, and graphic are all at play. This course will explore the mechanics and aesthetics of scoring, organizing and executing participatory artworks. Students are expected to plan, design, host and document events on Ox-Bow’s property using the site, community, and grounds. The course is designed to be an action in and of itself while also looking at and the historical precedent of performances, happenings, and other participatory actions. Through discussions and research students will create responses that may take the form of event based projects, performance, sound or installation. Daily actions, discussions, and exercises will lead up to a series of final projects.
The course will be co- facilitated by Kamau Amu Patton, Assistant Professor, department of Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC and Jon Santos of Common Space and founder of ONTOPO. Students working within the genres of installation, performance, design, movement, and sound are strongly encouraged to enroll.