Perhaps the most serious obstacle impeding the evolution of a land ethic is the fact that our educational and economic system is headed away from, rather than toward, an intense consciousness of land. Your true modern is separated from the land by many middlemen, and by innumerable physical gadgets. He has no vital relation to it; to him it is the space between cities on which crops grow. Turn him loose for a day on the land, and if the spot does not happen to be a golf links or a “scenic” area, he is bored stiff. If crops could be raised by hydroponics instead of farming, it would suit him very well. Synthetic substitutes for wood, leather, wool, and other natural land products suit him better than the originals. In short, land is something he has “outgrown.”
This workshop will explore the neighborhood around the Gaines Street and All Saints area in Tallahassee with the goal of creating “environmental art zones” and other green spaces that broadly relate to the region. Students will research green spaces and communicate/collaborate with local businesses and landowners, when appropriate, to determine the most eco-friendly art projects to create.
Students will organize at least one collaborative project/event during the semester, one report on an “environmental” artist or collaborative group and a visual/textual publication chronicling the semester (publication is optional). Each student will also create a site-specific artwork.
There are plenty of seats still available in this course!
Art Alleys: ART4928 Section 9
Instructor: Paul Rutkovsky
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