This course will consider large-scale print installation in the context of public art, architecture, and urbanism and how such interventions may radically transform ideas of place: visually; culturally, and experientially.
Our sponsorship through the Surface Imaging division of Designtex in Portland ME, will give students access to experiment with a state-of the-art large-scale print facility and a broad range of innovative techniques and materials for various applications with papers, fabrics, plastics, films, etc.
Working both individually and in groups, students will take on the complex task of translating spatial/visual ideas from concept and design to a site-specific installation in a visible public location. The course will look critically at a selected urban site and its potential to hold an intervention commensurate with the size and scale of the work this class proposes, and that will engage its local audience. The class will generate printed imagery that we will install at the site at the end of the semester.
In Providence, discussions and presentations will introduce history of large-scale art interventions as well as ideas about scale, image, and art in public space through murals, graffiti, wheat-pasting, and other methods. We will explore both guerilla actions and commissioned public art. We will discuss visual interventions from an interdisciplinary standpoint: through architecture, urbanism, public art, and activism. There will be readings and films covering the intersections of this wide range of topics.
Permission of instructors required:
Nick De Pace, Architecture + Design <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Janet Zweig, Graduate Studies <email@example.com>