Courses

Summer 2018

  R1B Section 1 | CCN: 13545

Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Material Remix: Collage and Mixed-Media Practices in the 20th Century (Session A)

Claire Ittner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 - 12:00PM

“Remixing,” “collage,” “sampling,” “assemblage,” “pastiche,” “bricolage”: the history of art in the 20th and 21st centuries is in many ways the history of practices that push beyond the frame and substrate of traditional artmaking. This course focuses on the histories of these practices, from the radical reconsideration of material implied by early avant-garde collage, to the sampling and remix of contemporary hip-hop culture. We will consider the new processes that collage and mixed-media require, from the cut to the stitch, as well as the ways this media has been taken up in a number of social and political contexts. How do the jumps and cuts, juxtapositions and discontinuities of collage or assemblage allow for the articulation of alternate visions of the future or desires for the present? What are the limitations of such a practice? As we continue through the course, we will follow mixed-media practice as it opens onto issues of ownership, appropriation, humor and satire, as well as the status of collage practices today.