What happens when language interacts with space? What kind of a medium can writing be? What kind of things are words? How do words behave in spaces? How can a practitioner write 'with' their work? What is language, anyway? What is a question mark, and what does a question "mark"?
This Dissertation Studio revolves around questions such as these. The first seven weeks of teaching will involve visits and study sessions reflecting on the role words play in the visual world, in performative spaces and in the urban environment. On words inside and outside of writing. These visits are aimed to stimulate conversation and critical discussion within the group. There will be a screening of key experimental films, but otherwise these sessions will take place away from The Cass building.
Any dissertation topic will gain something vital and subtle from paying attention to writing as a medium, and to the forms of language that belong to the topic's subject matter. The studio will also be especially relevant if you are interested in the following notions:
- writing per se
- writing as a medium
- 'art writing'
- the display of text
- typography and the transmission of language
- the language carried by buildings and the idea of writing and reading the built environment
- the role language plays in performance
- the 'practice of theory'
- text as a form of illustration
- interdisciplinary discourse
- the encyclopaedic
Prepare a short and very open 10-minute presentation about your initial dissertation ideas for the first group meeting. This can take any form, for example a powerpoint, a narrative or a diagram.
- Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature, trans. by Ann Smock (Nebraska: University Nebraska Press, 1989)
- Pierre Cabanne, Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, trans. by Ron Padgett (Boston: Da Capo, 1979)
- Don DeLillo, The Body Artist (New York: Scribner, 2001)
- Charles Harrison, Essays on Art and Language (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991)
- Orhan Pamuk, The New Life, trans. by Güneli Gün (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)
Studio 1: Another India
Studio 1: Another India will examine, reflect upon and critique the historic use of "exotic" motifs in design.
Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry
Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry is an exploration of race, gender, class and more in music.
Studio 4: What Not to Wear?
Studio 4: What Not to Wear? will investigate the roles that dress and fashion play in our workplaces.
Studio 5: Imperfect Theories
Studio 5: Imperfect Theories allows you to critically examine any work that can be seen as theory or presents an interesting relationship with theory.
Studio 6: Curating Contemporary Art: From the Wunderkammer to Installation art
Nico de Oliveira
Studio 6: Curating Contemporary Art examines the impact of curatorial practice on art.
Studio 7: Fashioning culture: clothing and the shaping of identity
Dr Lesley Stevenson
Studio 7: Fashioning culture will examine critically the links between fashion, clothing and identity.
Studio 8: Pleasure, Excess and Dirt
Studio 8 explores ideas of category, definition, identification and belonging through the examination of a series of objects and behaviours that appear to be in the wrong place instead of the right place.
Studio 9: The Continuing Lives of Objects
Studio 9: The Continuing Lives of Objects uses debates about change and preservation explore ideas within architecture.
Studio 10: Critical Theory and Critical Design. Artefacts, Images, Sites, Processes in Graphics and Illustration
Dipti Bhagat with Christopher Emmett
Studio 10 requires deep commitment and completion of critical theory and design for graphic design and illustration.
Studio 12: London Walking
Studio 12: London Walking looks at walking as a mode of creatively appropriating the city, with particular attention to our own city, London.
Studio 14: All in the best possible Taste
Dr John Cross
Studio 14: 'All in the best possible Taste' examines the historical influencers of taste, style and fashion.
Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas
Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas encourages you to explore how and why we make music, including its origin, relationship to technology and more.
Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling
Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling will see you produce storygraphs, storyboards and various forms of narrative analysis in the seminars.
Studio 17: Knowing Audiences
Studio 17: Knowing Audiences will encourage you to study an audience group using qualitative research methods in your investigations.
Studio 19: Material in Motion
Studio 19: Material in Motion will explore why an audience will put time, money and thought into acquiring an object.
Studio 20: Image ethics: Form, meaning and context
Dr Nick Haeffner
Studio 20: Image ethics: Form, meaning and context explores the aesthetics of the image and its role within fantasy, desire and social memory.
Studio 21: The Nonsensical Realm III
Studio 21: The Nonsensical Realm is a cross-disciplinary studio. This year it will engage with the idea of metaphor in art, architecture, design and music.
Studio 22: Meaningful work
Studio 22: Meaningful work explores the value of making and the idea of craft as meaningful work.
Studio 23: A Common Thread
Studio 23: A Common Thread examines the relationship between textiles and everyday life, including its design, trade, sustainability and more.