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  • By Damon Krukowski
    Jan 7, 2013
    This is the collaborative final project for a class I taught in Harvard's Visual and Environmental Studies department, "Word Play: Language as an Art Material". Please select "Preview" to view the entire book. Use the "+/-" buttons to adjust page view to the window size provided. Following is the course description students received at the beginning of the semester, which includes the starting point for this final project: Parallel formal experiments in 20th-century visual art and poetry have entwined their techniques in contemporary practice. This class will employ a cross-disciplinary approach to the use of words in art; students will write through a set of poetic exercises designed to explore language as an art material. Readings and presentations will focus on the historical and aesthetic roots of this practice, with particular attention paid to techniques that animate a thread of work from Marcel Duchamp through John Cage to contemporary aleatory,... More > conceptual, and process art; and to historical avant-garde movements simultaneously engaged with both visual art and poetry including Dada, Surrealism, the OULIPO, and Fluxus. This is a course without prerequisites, open to all. For VES concentrators, it may satisfy either a studio or seminar requirement. Each week, readings will be assigned from the texts in order to examine a topic fundamental to poetic/artistic practice, such as: line, sentence, voice, pattern, rhyme, sequence... Writing exercises will be assigned to accompany each of these topics. Students are expected to submit a completed version of these exercises each week, by email in advance of the next class meeting. This is a collaborative class. Be prepared to share all your work with the group. The final project will be a 8.5 x 11 “Xerox Book” compiled by the group. This will serve as an exhibition catalogue for work completed by the class during the term. The final form and content of this book will be determined by the group. (The format is adapted from Seth Siegelaub’s Xerox Book of 1968, a conceptual art catalogue in which seven artists were given twenty-five 8.5 x 11 pages each to fill with whatever they wished to be copied -- the exhibition catalogue became the work of art.)< Less
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December 22, 2008
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Full color
1.87 lbs.
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